LRSC ready for new school year

Mike Bellmore, Features Editor

Registration for the coming school year at Lake Region State College  in Devils Lake is set for Aug. 17 through the morning and afternoon.

Night classes at the school will start Aug. 23 and the first full day  of regular class will be the following day.

Enrollment figures are not yet available, but the school is hoping it  will be at or slightly above last year's number of 1,702 students.

"We're hoping it will at least be up somewhat," says Erin Wood, LRSC communications office.

Wood says the school's wind energy technology program remains a popular attraction to  prospective students.

But a couple of other programs are also high on the popularity chart  of many students.

One is the nursing program, which just received an "Award Of Excellence" from Career And Technology Education in Bismarck.

Another is the Peace Officers Training Program. Both of the school's  summer academies in Grand Forks and Fargo were packed this year.

It was the first year the school's summer program had been in Grand  Forks, through a partnership with the Grand Forks police and city.

Another growing field is information technology, where Lake Region's  program is designed to prepare students for careers in computing and  continuing undergraduate studies.

It is offered here in Devils Lake and the Grand Forks Air Force Base Education Center.

A one-year certificate program is available and a two-year Associate  in Applied Science degree in information technology.

Wood says the school has dropped its diesel program because long-term enrollment is anticipated to drop.

The school's paralegal program is in the process of being closed.

Mike Bower is heading into his third year as the school's president.

The school's bookstore and business office underwent a renovation  this summer to better help serve the students.