At North Valley, we get that you’re looking to stand out from the rest of your classmates, whether it’s in job interviews or college applications. We also get that it’s daunting and overwhelming to think about post-high school life.

The best way to stand out from your peers and figure out what you want to do after high school is to actually try out an industry that you’re interested in. That’s why North Valley is here – to empower you with opportunities to gain experience before graduation!

Since even before your parents were in school, we’ve helped thousands of students just like you try out different jobs, explore industries, build skills that will help you in college or your future career, and have fun doing it. Just last year, more than 200 students took part in classes and job shadows that led to internships and even careers after high school.

When you’re ready to get a leg up on your career or college application, here’s your plan:

  1. Work with your guidance counselor to choose a career pathway (your guidance counselor will have all the details).
  2. Enroll and participate. Your tuition is already covered!
  3. Set yourself up for college and career success!

When you’re ready to stand out, then step on into North Valley and explore the careers and industries of your dreams.

Available Programs

Agricultural Education

Course Offerings & Instructors

The Agricultural Education Program at North Valley continues to grow.  Students have options of taking Agricultural Education classes at North Valley, Minto, Park River Area, online or potentially through ITV.   

See pages 11-13 of 2021-2022 North Valley Career and Technology Center Course Offerings Booklet for course descriptions.  

Agricultural Education students may participate in the student organization FFA.

Course Offerings Booklet

Links

Advisory Committee Members

North Valley Career and Technology Center: 

  • Emma Torkelson, Seed/Chemical Sales
  • Scott Gorder, Implement Manager
  • Tony Gudajtes, Ag Loan Officer
  • Jamie Medbery, Parent & former Extension Agent
  • Jeremy Gowan, Insurance Agent

Park River Area:

  • Tom Ford, Retired Banker
  • Suellen Brunsvold, Office Manager
  • Emily KIoenig, Social Worker
  • Mollie Shirek, Sign Language Interpreter
  • Leigh Eisenbarth, Accounts Receivable
  • Julie Zikmund, Professor
  • Lori Zahradka, Special Projects Coordinator
  • Andrew Hylden, Farmer

Auto Technology

About

The North Valley Career and Technology Center Auto Technology Program is an ASE Accredited Training Program.

Course Offerings & Instructors

See page 2 of 2021-2022 North Valley Career and Technology Center Course Offerings booklet for course descriptions.  

The Auto Technology program consists of two curricula:

Automotive Electrical and Intro to Engine Performance Engine Repair, Brakes, and Suspension and Steering.

The correct use of hand tools, diagnostic and test equipment used in the repair process is taught. Students completing this program could be eligible for ASE certification in their areas and articulate credits to a post-secondary auto technology program. Students also have the opportunity to participate in SkillsUSA, Ford/AAA, School-to-Work and cooperative education programs. This program is a member of the national organization Skills USA.

Course Offerings Booklet

Instructors

Links

Advisory Committee Members

  • Mark Buck, Transportation Director GHS
  • Scott Almen, Auto Technician
  • Jay Skjerven, Auto Technician
  • Clay Horter, Auto Parts Store Owner
  • Kevin Jopp, Retired Auto Technician

Business Education

 

Course Offerings & Instructors

See pages 6-7 of 2021-2022 North Valley Career and Technology Center Course Offerings booklet for course descriptions.

All Business Education students may participate in the student organization FBLA!

Course Offerings Booklet

Links

Advisory Committee Members

  • Lisa Tucker, Business Manager, North Valley CTC
  • Amy Vollrath, Branch Manager, North Star Community Credit Union
  • Maggie Suda, Unity Medical Center
  • Kody Stark, Ag Country
  • Jesse Forster, Business Solution
  • Mike Shereck, First United Bank
  • Molly West, FBLA Chapter President

Construction Technology

About

Students learn about building materials, use and care of tools, and foundation, floor, wall, and roof construction while working on construction projects. Students are introduced to concrete, plumbing, and electrical installation, interior wall finishing, insulating, stair construction, and window and door installation. Construction Technology students participate in the student organization SkillsUSA.

Drafting

Students learn manual and computer drafting skills. Using AutoCAD LT students generate and plot one, two, and three-dimension drawings. Students may articulate credits earned to Wahpeton State College of Science Drafting program. Drafting students participate in the student organization Skill USA.

Course Offerings & Instructors

See page 3 of 2021-2022 North Valley Career and Technology Center Course Offerings booklet for course descriptions.

Course Offerings Booklet

Instructors

Links

Advisory Committee Members

  • Jason Latraille, Construction Business Owner
  • Clark Molter, HR @ Custom Aire
  • Kerry Demars, Lumberyard Owner
  • Greg Elde, Construction Business Owner
  • Ross Stewart, Electrician

Health Science Education

About

The Mission

Objectives:

  • Students must demonstrate that they can:
  • Define 80% of the key terms listed in each chapter
  • Obtain and record vital signs
  • Recognize abnormalities in residents’ health and report the abnormalities to their supervisor
  • Practice good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrate safety and emergency procedures
  • Satisfactorily complete all 23 CNA skills listed in the candidate handbook
  • Maintain patient confidentiality

Course Offerings & Instructors

See pages 4-5 of 2021-2022 North Valley Career and Technology Center Course Offerings booklet for course descriptions.  

All Health Science students may participate in the student organization HOSA!

Course Offerings Booklet

Links

Advisory Committee Members

  • Mary Rudnik, Registered Nurse
  • Trevor Tompkins, Administrator of Lutheran Sunset Home
  • Lark Oihus, Office Manager
  • Kathy Rustebakke, Sports Medicine at Life Skills & Transition Center

Marketing Education

About

The mission of Marketing Education is to enable students to understand and apply marketing, management, and entrepreneurial principles; to make rational economic decisions, and to exhibit social responsibility in a global economy.

Objectives:

  • Encourage students to think critically
  • Stress the integration of and articulation with academics
  • Sequenced so that broad-based understandings and skills provide a foundation to support advanced study of marketing
  • Enable students to acquire broad understandings of and skills in marketing so that they can transfer their skills and knowledge between and among industries
  • Enable students to understand and use technology to perform marketing activities
  • Stress the importance of interpersonal skills in diverse societies
  • Foster a realistic understanding and appreciation of business ethics
  • Utilize a variety of types of interactions with the business community

Course Offerings & Instructors

See pages 8-9 of 2021-2022 North Valley Career and Technology Center Course Offerings booklet for course descriptions.

All Marketing Education students may participate in the student organization DECA!

Course Offerings Booklet

Instructors

Links

Advisory Committee Members

  • Jayce Schumacher, Family Engagement Coordinator, GPS
  • Kylen Kostrewski, Sales, Nutrien Ag Solutions
  • Cameron Lentz, Technology Coordinator, GPS
  • Zach Suda, Choice Financial Bank
  • Brynn Flanders, Student
  • Ryan O’Toole, Student

Welding Technology

About

Welding

Students learn the various welding processes: OxyFuel weld and cutting, shielded metal arc weld (stick), gas metal arc weld, and flux core arc weld (wire feed), gas tungsten arc weld (Tig), plasma arc cutting, and air arc gouging. General shop safety and theory of each welding process along with blueprint reading, weld symbols, weld joints and positions, properties of metals are also studied. Students completing this course will be eligible to test for A.W.S. Entry Level Weld Certification. Students may articulate credits earned to N.D.S.C.S., Northwest Tech, and Northland Tech welding programs. Welding students may participate in the student organization SkillsUSA.

Emerging Technology

An applied technology course studying our ever-changing technology in today’s society. A hands-on course designed to further students’ knowledge in some of the more advanced, as well as practical technology fields. Emergency Technology students may participate in the student organization SkillsUSA.

Machine Tool Technology

Students study and learn shop and machine safety, operations of metal lathes and mills, reading of micrometers, calipers, and dial indicators. Math skills are essential! Through hands-on experience students are taught skills such as basic shaft turning, thread forming, tapers, knurling, facing, milling key seats, along with other lathe and mill processes. Introductory use and instruction of modular Computer Numerical Controlled (C.N.C.) Lathes and mills will be covered in the program. A member of SkillsUSA.

Course Offerings & Instructors

See page 10 of 2021-2022 North Valley Career and Technology Center Course Offerings booklet for course descriptions.

All Welding students may participate in the student organization SkillsUSA!

Course Offerings Booklet

Instructors

Links

Advisory Committee Members

  • Brett Brown, TM Welder Sales for Praxair Dist INC
  • Kris Wojchowski, CWI Supplier Development Leader
  • Sunny Guzman, Kringstad Ironworks, Inc.
  • Fabian Albrecht, R & D Customer Service, Harriston Industries
  • Andy Votava, Lead Welder, Harriston Industries
  • Kevin Dusek, Harriston Industries