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Continuing Education classes on tap at MALC

Community Education classes will be offered this year through the Minot Adult Learning Center.

Classes cover a range of topics, from basic computer skills to welding. Wellness classes include yoga, stretch classes, Zumba and introduction to ballet. Special interest classes include sewing, making a fishing rod, making handmade valentines and flower arranging for Valentine’s Day. Artisan classes include beginning jewelry making and ceramics.

For a complete schedule or to register, contact the Minot Adult Learning Center at 857-4488 or look at the center’s website at (tinyurl.com/minotce).

15th annual KMSU Auction raises nearly $15,000

Minot State University’s 15th annual KMSU Auction in December raised $14,450.

The fundraising event was organized, produced and promoted entirely by MSU students with guidance from Audra Myerchin, assistant broadcasting professor; Neil Roberts, associate communication arts professor; and Janna McKechnie and Candace Brekke, broadcasting advisers.

Ten percent of the funds raised are donated to a charitable cause selected by the students. This year they donated that amount to Mike Bunce to help defray medical expenses associated with his cancer treatment. Bunce is an MSU broadcasting graduate and works with the department in addition to his full-time roles at WGO and The Zoo radio stations.

Registration under way for police academy

Registrations are still being accepted for the Minot Police Academy, which will begin Jan. 21.

Lake Region State College will run the Minot Police Academy in Minot. The academy is made possibly by a partnership between the Ward County Sheriff’s Office, Minot Police Department, Minot State University and Lake Region State College.

The Peace Officer Training Program is a one-semester N.D. Peace Officer Standards and Training-approved basic academy that has trained approximately 1,400 license-eligible graduates since 1987. A law enforcement partnership similar to this one was forged with the Grand Forks Police Department in 2010 and the Fargo Police Department in 2002.

Lake Region State College also is collaborating with the Criminal Justice Department at Minot State University so that Criminal Justice majors at the university will have the opportunity to complete this training as part of their bachelor degree plan

“The program has an almost-perfect employment rate for students that actively pursue a position after graduation,” said Lloyd Halvorson, vice president for Academic Affairs at Lake Region State College, in a press release. “If the graduate is willing to go to where the openings are, all of them will be afforded the opportunity to work as a full-time police officer or deputy sheriff in North Dakota.”

Those interested in attending the Minot academy should contact Lake Region State College’s peace officer training program at 662-1683 or email Jennifer.Jenssen@lrsc.edu.

STEMazing Race Challenge for girls coming

The STEMazing Race Challenge, a nontraditional, hands-on career activity for girls in grades 8-11, is scheduled for Jan. 18 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Northwest North Dakota Career and Technical Center at Minot High School-Magic City Campus. The event is free to female students and is intended to create awareness of potential trade and industry careers related to auto technology, auto collision repair and painting, welding and construction.

The STEMazing Race Challenge will revolve around Science, Technology, Engineering and Math concepts along with the common core standards of collaboration and oral communication. On the day of the event, participants will be introduced to the future of the transportation industry and then work as a team in groups of four to design, build, present and race a simple push car through an obstacle course. Prizes will be awarded for the winning teams.

The STEMazing Race Challenge is sponsored by the Minot Public Schools. Funding for this project is provided by the Carl Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 and the Minot Public School Foundation.

For more information, contact Arlene Eslinger at 420-1804. Girls may register online at (tinyurl.com/STEMazingRace). The deadline to register is Jan. 16.