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University System Launches College Access Video Series

Posted on 12/2/2011

For More Information Contact:
Tim Mueller, Coordinator, ND College Access Challenge Program
North Dakota University System
Phone: 701.224.2437

BISMARCK, N.D. - The North Dakota University System announces the release of Why Apply, a locally produced video series aimed at North Dakota's youth and families who may think college is beyond their reach. The videos will be shown at 7 p.m., Dec. 7, 2011, at the Bismarck State College National Energy Center of Excellence, Basin Electric Room.

The 10-part video series features North Dakota students and provides information about how to choose, prepare, apply and pay for college. Each video targets a specific college enrollment topic and offers resources for further assistance.

The project is a collaborative effort between the North Dakota University System, the Bank of North Dakota and the North Dakota Indian Affairs Commission. Produced by KAT Communications, the videos are currently being shown in 11 GoodHealthTV™ network locations throughout the state. In addition, they will soon be available on touchscreens in 15 schools across North Dakota.

"The State Board of Higher Education is committed to helping students enroll and succeed in college," said Bill Goetz, NDUS Chancellor. "This outreach initiative is an important part of providing access to higher education to North Dakota's residents."

"It is Bank of North Dakota's hope that the Why Apply initiative will help more high school students realize that higher education is an attainable goal," said Eric Hardmeyer, BND president. "We want young people to understand that they have options and can choose the path toward a more financially stable future for themselves and their families."

Scott Davis, Executive Director of the North Dakota Indian Affairs Commission, adds, "The greatest journey one can make is in discovering one's self….college is the journey of opportunity."

Production of the video series was funded by the North Dakota College Access Challenge Grant provided by the U.S. Department of Education.

The event will include recognition of the students who participated in the videos with brief remarks by Goetz, Hardmeyer, and Davis. It is free and open to the public.

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