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Devils Lake, ND (WDAZ TV) - Transferring credits from 2 year to 4 year colleges is a challenge for many students.

The new chancellor of the North Dakota University System is trying to change that.

Dr. Mark Haggerott says he wants to make sure schools like Lake Region State prepare students for what comes after graduation, whether they move on to a four year school, or enter the ever-changing job market.

It's always good to be able to show off to the guy in charge. So says Lake Region State College president Doug Darling.

Dr. Doug Darling/Lake Region State College President: “You have to see it and be able to see it and touch it and feel it to really understand what's going on.”

Mark Hagerott took over as Chancellor of the University System on July First. Today, he got a close-up view of life at Lake Region State College, one of eleven colleges he oversees. He talked with students and staff, and toured the college. He says he's impressed with what he sees.

Dr. Mark Hagerott/NDUS Chancellor: “It's the leading program in precision agriculture arguable in the world.”

Adam: Hagerott says it's a priority to strengthen the bond between two year colleges like Lake Region, and four year universities.

He says, “Courses taken here, then they go to the four year, and they don't accept it even though it's the same material. So we gotta get to the bottom of that.”

Darling adds, “Make sure we've got that smooth transition in place.”

 

Both the Chancellor and Lake Region State College are on the same page when it comes to implementing technology. They both say they want to prepare students not just for today's jobs, but also for tomorrow's job marketplace.

“Technology is almost an unstoppable force”, says Hagerott.

He  says it's almost impossible to predict what skills will be valuable in the future, saying, “Buggy whip makers were a great business in 1880 but by 1910 they were basically gone.”

So while educators want to teach students the latest techniques, they want them to also be able to keep learning once they leave school.

Hagerott says, “You want to give them a scope. You want to give them a foundation that they can begin to go back and retrain or reeducate on something in case that field begins to fade away.”

The new chancellor says he's encouraged by the rise of online courses, but he says the bedrock of any college will always be teachers and students in the same classroom.

Adam Ladwig

Adam Ladwig joined WDAZ as the Devils Lake bureau reporter in January, 2012. Prior to that he reported for KDUH-TV in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. Adam has won multiple awards during his time at WDAZ, including an Eric Sevareid award and a Regional Emmy Award as part of team coverage during the search for Anthony Kuznia.  A Colorado native, Adam graduated from the University of Colorado with a degree in Journalism. He misses the Rocky Mountains, but the kind people of North Dakota more than make up for that. He is thrilled to be in the Lake Region, telling stories that matter. In his spare time, Adam is usually futilely attempting to get in shape, or cheering for his beloved Denver Broncos.

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