North Dakota State College of Science Receives Welding Grant

by: Frank Stank, sourced from the Wahpeton Daily News

The next three years are looking prosperous for North Dakota State College of Science (NDSCS).

Recently, the 104-year-old institution received a National Science Foundation grant worth nearly three quarters of a million dollars. The grant, totaling $742,567, will be used through April 30, 2020 to benefit NDSCS’ North Dakota Welds program.

“I’m proud of our welding program, because it’s always been goal-oriented,” said Clint Gilbertson, who will oversee the program while also serving as an associate professor. “A lot of times, departments will go after grant funds just because there’s money there.

“Our long-range goals have always been focused, whether it’s looking at five years or 10. If a grant opportunity comes up and it doesn’t align with our goals, we put it aside. A lot of our success is because of our focus. When you’re focused, you have a buy-in from the entire department, faculty and students, helping things go very well,” he added.

According to Gilbertson, most of NDSCS’ welding faculty will be involved in putting the grant to use. His key team includes associate professors Joel Johnson, Lee Larson and Vance Harshen, plus instructors Mitch Van Vleet and Chance Pausch.

“There is a budget lined up for three years. It’s basically the full amount divided by three. But there is flexibility within the grant, for things like if I needed more equipment,” Gilbertson explained.

With class registrations still occurring, Gilbertson is unsure how many students will take NDSCS’ welding program this fall. Currently, there is the potential for 100 students (60 first-year students, 40 second-year students) between the Fargo and Wahpeton campuses.

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