Williston State College

Williston State College

Steady enrollment continues at WSC

Steady enrollment continues at Williston State College with 1,189 registered students for the Spring 2020 semester according to census totals released Tuesday, February 11.

Released four weeks after the first day of a new semester, census totals provide a snapshot of enrollment for the Spring 2020 semester.

Spring 2020 numbers represent WSC’s second highest reported enrollment between fall and spring with just a slight dip from Spring 2019 in headcount and full-time equivalent (FTE), a calculation that shows how many students would attend if all were full-time.

While headcount is down 34 students from Spring 2019, FTE numbers held steady with last year’s totals. In addition, the most recent census numbers continue to point to overall growth for WSC over the past five years.


WSC Named Bellwether Award Finalist

Last month, Williston State College was named one of 30 community colleges selected as 2020 finalists for the highly coveted Bellwether Awards given by the Bellwether College Consortium .

The nationally recognized Bellwether Award focuses on innovative practices and programs worthy of replication and is given in three categories: Instructional Programs and Services; Planning, Governance, and Finance; and Workforce Development.

WSC and its ONE BASIN One Way! program is a finalist in the Workforce Development category which identifies strategic alliances that promote community and economic development.

A standardized contractor safety orientation program, ONE BASIN One Way! was developed by members of the North Dakota Petroleum Council (NDPC), including producers and contractors, based in the Bakken.

A program of the NDPC, ONE BASIN One Way! is provided by the North Dakota Safety Council (NDSC) and TrainND Northwest, a division of WSC.


TrainND Northwest Well Control Program Revised for 2020

TrainND Northwest is pleased to announce that beginning Wednesday, January 15, 2020, its well control program will be provided by Vorenkamp Well Control Training (VWCT).

VWCT was chosen as the exclusive provider after a multi-month vetting process performed by TrainND Northwest. VWCT is an industry leader in the well control business with over 100 years combined experience providing well intervention training to oil and gas workers.

The International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC) will remain the accrediting agency that provides certification to students who complete any well control classes.

Classes will run up to four times a month at costs comparable to previously. Students will also have more simulator time and all simulations will be specific to what students would see working in the Bakken.

TrainND Northwest offers a realistic training experience using a full-size drilling, production & workover simulator with advanced 3-dimensional graphics.