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Amy Dalrymple, Forum News Service, Published May 08 2011

Higher Education Notebook: NDSCS launches Business Pro Series classes in Fargo

North Dakota State College of Science is launching a new program for entrepreneurs, displaced workers, small-business owners and others

looking to gain business skills.

The Business Pro Series at the NDSCS Fargo campus will give working adults the opportunity to earn educational certificates in the areas of sales, management/supervision, entrepreneurship and finance.

The classes will be offered in an accelerated format through a night class every Tuesday and online teaching tools.

Each certificate has five to six college courses, which are based on business and sales practices and real-world workplace situations. Students can earn an associate’s degree if they complete all four emphases.

“We see this as an exciting opportunity to meet the workforce needs and serve a market we currently have not reached,” said Greg Anderson, chairman of business administration and management.

Classes to obtain a business management certificate with a sales emphasis begin Sept. 13.

For more information or to register for an informational session, contact Kari Anderson at (701) 231-6908 or kari.l.anderson.2@ndscs.edu or visit www.ndscs.edu/businesspro.

Cobbers go abroad

More than 150 Concordia College students are studying abroad this spring and summer.

Sixty-seven students are visiting 13 different countries during May Seminar trips.

Another four students will participate in summer field studies in Rwanda. Seventy-nine students will be in the summer abroad program in China, England, Greece, Norway, South Africa and Vietnam.

Professor honored

A North Dakota State University civil engineering professor has received a prestigious international award.

Dinesh Katti was named the recipient of the John Booker Excellence Medal by the International Association for Computer Methods and Advances in Geomechanics.

The award is presented every three years to recognize individuals worldwide who have made significant contributions in research in geomechanics.

Katti will receive the award Monday at the association’s conference in Melbourne, Australia.

Concordia Arabic grant

Concordia Language Villages will receive $100,000 in grant funding from the Qatar Foundation International for student and educator Arabic programs.

Funds designated for student use will support 29 scholarships for the Arabic Language Village.

Other funds will support innovative teacher training for Arabic teachers. Ten teachers will enroll in courses through the Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition and complete an internship at the Arabic Language Village.

“The need for Arabic speakers in the United States has never been greater,” said Patricia Thornton, director of summer programs for Concordia Language Villages.

For more information, visit www.ConcordiaLanguageVillages.org.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Amy Dalrymple at (701) 241-5590