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Helpful Resources for Choosing a College and/or Career Path

What do I want to be when I grow up?

Short video clips highlighting the different types of work done in various careers, the military specialties that are similar, and what kind of college degree, training, experience, skills and personality traits would be helpful for working in that field. Includes a section showing salary ranges and the job opportunity outlook in your state of choice, and even links to some current job listings if you're ready to apply!

North Dakota State College of Science, in partnership with Sanford Health and F-M Ambulance, offers Certificate and Associate’s Degree programs in Paramedic (EMT) Technology. Choose the level of certification you want to pursue, and get hands-on training in addition to classroom instruction. 

The Emergency Medical Technician program offers career training for entry-level positions in an emergency medical setting. As an EMT, you will be expected to respond to emergency calls and provide efficient and immediate care to the critically ill and injured as well as transport patients to appropriate medical facilities. Upon completion, students will be awarded a certificate in Paramedic (EMT) Technology with an emphasis in Emergency Medical Technician.

The Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT) program offers career training for mid-level positions in a pre-hospital emergency medical setting. Those students who successfully complete the AEMT coursework will be eligible to apply to take state or national certification exams. Upon completion, students will be awarded a certificate in Paramedic (EMT) Technology with an emphasis in Advanced Emergency Medical Technician.

The Paramedic Technology program prepares students with the necessary skills and knowledge to complete national certification with the possibility of obtaining employment as a paramedic. As a paramedic, you will administer intravenous fluids, stabilize broken bones, perform emergency childbirth procedures, administer medications and more. Earn a certificate or A.A.S. degree in Paramedic Technology. Enrollment is limited and a criminal background check is required. Program course times are flexible, with evening and weekend options.

The Community Paramedic certificate program is designed to prepare students with the necessary skills to obtain licensure and employment as a community paramedic. Community paramedics act in instances where other health care providers may not be available and primarily respond to patient's homes. Upon completion, students will be awarded a certificate in Paramedic (EMT) Technology with an emphasis in Community Paramedic.


Pharmacy Technicians help licensed pharmacists provide medication and other healthcare products. Due to a nationwide growing consumer demand for prescription medications, pharmacy technicians are in high demand and serve an important roll in today’s pharmacy industry.

This program prepares students for careers performing and managing the technical distributive functions in community, hospital, and home health care pharmacies, research institutions, manufacturers, and other industrial settings. NDSCS notes 100-percent job placement since program inception in 1994.

Apply for the Pharmacy Technician Program at NDSCS in Wahpeton (ND), online, or now at Bismarck State College (BSC).

Learn skills that prepare you for multiple career path opportunities in the welding industry in a short amount of time through a combination of hands-on welding experience and classroom theory.  Locations in Fargo and Bismarck.  Check out their “Military Members and Veterans” page for information regarding GI Bill and Tuition Assistance acceptance.
Professional welders are needed around the country and world-wide! 

This partnership between Caterpillar Inc., Butler Machinery Company, NDSCS-Wahpeton and Lake Area Technical Institute (Watertown, SD) produces entry level service technicians for Caterpillar dealerships through a combination of classroom instruction, hands-on laboratory instruction, and paid internship with Butler Machinery.  Graduates earn an Associate in Applied Science degree (AAS), and employment may be offered.

ThinkBIG will be divided up into 9 terms. Terms will rotate between classroom instruction at either NDSCS in Wahpeton, North Dakota or LATI in Watertown, South Dakota and a Butler location. During these paid internships, students will earn over $18.22 per hour with a mandatory minimum of 1,280 internship hours.

Student Veterans of America, in partnership with Google, is providing student veterans and their spouses FREE access to a six-part innovative online curriculum designed to prepare you for an entry-level role in IT support.

Through a dynamic mix of video lectures, quizzes, and hand-on labs and widgets, this program will introduce you to troubleshooting and customer service, networking, operating systems, system administration, automation, and security.  Cohorts begin on a scheduled basis, roughly every 3 months.

By earning an SVA IT Support Professional Certificate, you can go from beginner to job ready in as little as eight months. In the United States, there are currently 150,000 open IT support jobs, and the average starting salary is $52,000, according to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics.

Transform your love of computers and technology into your next career!  Microsoft provides transitioning service members and veterans of the U.S. military the opportunity to develop the skills necessary to meet the Information Technology industry’s high demand for IT experts.  Upon successful completion of the program, participants gain an interview for a full-time job at Microsoft or one of their participating partners.  In-residence attendance required at one of several locations around the country.

This is a self-paced, online, guided education and career planning tool. Information is grouped into modules according to your school grade level to help you plan methodically.

North Dakota Education & Career Planning guide. Resources grouped by your stage of life!

Choosing a School

Information on public, private, and tribal colleges and universities in North Dakota, as well as on student loans from the Bank of North Dakota.

For veterans interested in furthering their education, this program provides individualized sessions to help prospective students through the whole college application and enrollment process.  Call or e-mail any time for an appointment!

The Pathway Program is a collaborative program between North Dakota State College of Science (NDSCS) and North Dakota State University (NDSU) that prepares students for the academic rigors of college-level course work at a research institution. Applicants with a poor past academic record, or who have never taken college level classes, may not be immediately admitted to NDSU, but may be eligible to participate in the Pathway Program and demonstrate their potential to the university admissions staff.

Pathway students enroll in academic readiness courses and general education courses at NDSCS-Fargo, located adjacent to the NDSU campus, and a limited number of general education courses at NDSU. The academic readiness courses are designed to prepare students for the more rigorous course work required to earn a degree from NDSU.

The typical student will satisfactorily complete two or three semesters of course work, including any applicable academic readiness courses, as well as a minimum of 24 transferrable college credits with an NDSU and NDSCS GPA of 2.0 or higher prior to transferring to NDSU.

Compare available programs of study, costs, student activities, application and admissions requirements between each of North Dakota's 11 colleges and universities.  

Information on public colleges and universities in Minnesota, application instructions, and available programs of study. 

Compare information on MN private schools to determine if one of these is the best option for you. Use the College Finder tool to find out which schools have the programs and activities you're interested in. 

A list of VA and non-VA sources that may help you choose a school that's a good fit for you.

FREE to Military veterans and their dependents, this guide, which includes planning software and a DVD, can help you raise your SAT/ACT scores, and navigate your way through the college admissions and financial aid application processes. 

These tools can help you determine which college is right for you, and navigate the processes to apply for college, scholarships, and other financial aid. Call or e-mail us if we can help!

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