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Williston State College Improvements

Williston State College Improvements

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Back to school is in full swing.

At Williston State College, the students are not the only 'new faces' on campus.

The new front drive, curriculum and a near future face lift for Stevens Hall are all in the works.

(Dr. Raymond Nadolny, Williston State College President) "There's a lot of exciting activities, but it's all very new, it's all very challenging, but it's all very wonderful."

The public school system surrounding WSC is populating quickly, Nadolny sites the 350 first graders in Williston as an example.

(Dr. Raymond Nadolny, Williston State College President) "There's a lot of numbers. There's a lot pipeline coming up and there's a lot of people that we're currently serving today. I don't know what to say except that we feel privileged."

With eyes and ears in the field, renovations on campus keep pace with the current enrollment growth, and prepare for prosperous years ahead.

The most visible renovation: the front drive project.

(Travis Rohrer, WSC Director of Facilities) "This will be a new thing for the community. We're hoping to draw some more people in from the outside for outdoor entertainment and just to enjoy what we're offering to the public."

Additional people and additional open spaces means additional security.

IT Director Angie March says the security system in mind for WSC could cost more than $600,000, an expense that qualifies for oil impact money.

(Angie March, WSC Director for Information Technology) "We have a lot more people on campus that you don't always recognize and you're not always sure if they're students or workers. Just to make people feel safe."

The IT department is also busy preparing for the 2014 Stevens Hall renovation.

(James Foertsch, WSC VP Business Services) "The renovation project of Stevens Hall is our biggest challenge. It's a $12 million dollar project that's been authorized by the state legislature."

The design phase has been attentive to updating the infrastructure in the half-century old building that will lead to energy efficiency and cost savings.

In a less than one-percent unemployment area, Dr. Nadolny says there are people exploring different opportunities that are not always traditional school models, which makes it difficult to measure the use of WSC's facilities.

(Dr. Raymond Nadolny, Williston State College President) "Williston State College is a community resource. We are state funded. We are a state resource. The opportunity to provide this resource for all the exciting things taking place is extraordinary. Whether its my IT person going out into the district to solve some IT problems, whether it's meeting the Department of Motor Vehicles need for a DMV site, whether it's providing housing not just for our staff but for state and essential services, I think that's our role. I think we need to be measured by how much we're doing for the community and I think we're doing that in an extraordinary way."

In Williston, Jennifer Thorgramson, KX News.

Dr. Nadolny says the TrainND program on the Williston State College campus is a good measurement of growth: three years ago, 3,000 people went through the TrainND program.

Last year, 10,000 people were trained.

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