Photo Attached: Kayla Durand receives a Certificate of Excellence for completing the Certificate of College Studies with honors. Also pictured are Professor Russ Gagnon, Minot Programs Director, and Connie Blair, Passport Coordinator and math faculty member.
The Passport Program is a unique collaborative curriculum offered by Dakota College at Bottineau (DCB) and Minot State University (MSU). This program is available to students who are not eligible for full admission at MSU but want to attend college, pursue a four-year degree, and remain in the Minot area. These individuals can enroll in the Passport Program and become collaborative students in residence on the MSU campus. After completing Passport, which includes earning a minimum of 24 transferrable credits and finishing the Certificate of College Studies course sequence, students can make a seamless transition to MSU. This program allows them to become acclimated to college by providing smaller class sizes and a more personalized academic experience during their first year of study.
In order to help Passport registrants become accustomed to Higher Education during their first semester in the program, they are required to schedule Study Skills and First Year Experience classes as part of the Certificate of College Studies curriculum. These courses use a combination of lecture, discussion, and practical assignments to assist students in acquiring and developing the skills needed to be successful at Minot State University. The courses in the Certificate curriculum include English and math developmental courses designed for those requiring more preparation in these disciplines. These courses, along with other general education classes, are intended to ready students for their transition to MSU.
Other programs offered on the Minot campus by DCB are Accounting Technician, Administrative Assistant, Advertising and Marketing, Bookkeeping, Caregiver Services, Medical Assistant, Medical Administrative Assistant, and Paraeducation.