Not all career paths are straight, in fact most are filled with twists, turns, valleys, and peaks. Lucas Mayes, Electrical Technology class of 2003, is an example of how life can take you in different directions and lead to destinations you didn’t realize you were headed for.
Harry Jackmann, a 1981 NDSCS Alum was recently Inducted into the Manitoba Football Hall of Fame. Harry commented, “It is only fitting that I share a personal award with a school and community that were an integral part of my personal growth and who I am as a person today. I will always recognize Science, Wildcat football, Coaches Al Grage and Larry McDaniel, as the cornerstone of all successes I realized as an athlete.”
Chris Thomas of EAPC Architects Engineers is a 2000 NDSCS graduate. Chris is one of two Project Managers for the latest NDSCS endeavor, the Career Innovation Center, currently under construction in south Fargo. He and his wife Marisa live in West Fargo and have three children, Avery (13), Holt (11), and Kenna (8).
Malee Olson, from Aberdeen, South Dakota, is the third generation to attend NDSCS. She enrolled in the Culinary Arts program in 2019. Despite the pandemic and all of the sudden changes, Malee still gained the hands-on experience that would prepare her for the food industry. Some of her favorite experiences were catering large events, baking apple pies from scratch during Thanksgiving, and baking as a work study for the school cafeteria. Malee recently graduated after her summer internship at Moccasin Creek Country Club and is now employed.
Anna Winter is about to learn extensively about fast-paced kitchens.
The Coon Rapids, Minn., native attends the North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton and is working toward a culinary arts degree.
Now, she’ll head to Washington, D.C. for the summer after earning an internship with one of North Dakota Farmers Union’s restaurants.
“I’m very excited – it was one of the first things I heard about on day one of our (culinary) program,” Winter said. “I knew that’s where I wanted to go. I’m definitely nervous, but super excited at the same time.”
What can you do with a Precision Machining Technology degree? Just ask Chris Berndt!! Chris graduated from the program at NDSCS in 2001. He started working for Tecton Products, where he was a tool and die maker, became the tooling manager and then moved into the role of Manufacturing Engineering Manager. While working full time, he pursued his bachelor's degree in Operations Management at MSUM with financial assistance from his employer.
Theresa Johnson was born and raised in the small town of Sidney, Montana. A childhood experience led her to know exactly what she wanted to be when she grew up. At a young age, she was left in the care of the nursing staff at hospital 50 miles from home for a week. Her parents were unable to stay with her the entire time due to their work schedules. She felt well supported by her “new family” and received a special stuffed elephant from the caring nursing staff that she still has today.
My NDSCS journey was unexpected and took until even after the late signing period for me to commit there. I had no prior knowledge regarding the school or state besides the fact that it is extremely cold and above South Dakota. I honestly believe this experience worked out in my favor because I was able to step out of my comfort zone, entering into the mysterious world of college, and gained a completely fresh start away from Milwaukee. The two years I spent at NDSCS were probably two of the most impactful, fun, and amazing years of my life.