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Planning center seeking bloggers on planning

The College Planning Center at Bank of North Dakota is recruiting high school juniors and seniors; college freshmen, sophomores and juniors; and parents of high school and college students to blog about the college planning and college experience.

Ten people will be selected to blog three or four times each month, from August 2013 and June 2014. In return, the student bloggers will receive a $1,000 college scholarship for the 2013-14 or 2014-15 academic year. For the parents selected as bloggers, the scholarship will be given to the child attending college. The scholarship can be used at any accredited college in the U.S.

“Our goal is to make higher education more accessible to North Dakotans,” said Wally Erhardt, director of the center. “The blog will offer practical information and every day experiences for students and parents so they are more comfortable with this important step.”

Applications are being accepted until May 1. Visit the College Planning Center at the Bank of North Dakota website, (banknd.nd.gov), for more information and to apply. Contact Laura Fielder at 800-472-2166, ext. 328-5653, or lentzel@nd.gov for more information.

Bottineau college featured on athletic site

Dakota College at Bottineau has teamed up with EduTrek and USA Today High School Sports to be featured on high school home pages throughout Florida, Washington and North Dakota.

The site, (USATodayHSS.com), is the No. 1 high school sports site in the country where students and parents get complete, up-to-date scheduling information from their school’s athletic offices. A featured listing with EduTrek enables DCB to be one of only four institutions displayed on a college search “widget” on every high school home page throughout Florida, Washington and North Dakota.

Online resources like EduTrek allow DCB to reach students that would normally not know about the school. Increased enrollment from Florida in recent years, and a lack of two-year institutions in Washington, have made these states great candidates for DCB to reach out to. Applications sent in to DCB have already increased by 50 percent since last year at this time, according to a press release.