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New Salem - November 26, 2008

Counselorís Corner

© 2008 Dr. Gaylynn Becker
National Certified Career Counselor
National Certified School Counselor
New Salem High School

Career Speakers!

We had 2 career speakers at New Salem High School last week. Mrs. Chere Allard, Assistant Professor of Energy Technology, was one of the speakers. Mr. Robert Arso, Industrial Technology Department Chair, was the other speaker. They presented information concerning careers in the following: electronics/telecommunications technology; instrumentation and control; power plant technology; and process plant technology programs at Bismarck State College. Graduates of these programs are in demand and will have great career opportunities for a lifetime.

Bismarck State College is the only college in North Dakota that offers the programs listed above. These programs and more are offered at the new Bismarck State College National Energy Center of Excellence. It is a new state of the art facility located on the south side of Bismarck State Collegeís campus. Depending upon where a graduate from one of these programs works, beginning salaries range from a low of about $ 30,000. up to $ 70,000. per year.

(See the New Salem Journal for photo)
L-R: Mrs. Allard and Mr. Arso

Thanks to both Mrs. Allard and Mr. Arso. If you would like to contact either of these Bismarck State College instructors please feel free to call Chere Allard at 527-8780 or e-mail her at Mr. Arso can be called at 224-5416 or e-mail him at

Computer Engineer
The next career speaker at New Salem High School will be on Monday December 1st. This speaker is a computer engineer who graduated in 2006 from North Dakota State University Ė the stateís only computer engineering program. He will speak in Mrs. Holly Wardzinskiís classroom during 2nd, 3rd and 4th periods. So her Advanced math class and two of her algebra II classes will get to hear about computer engineering from someone who is working in that field. Among other things, attendees will learn about the education required to become a computer engineer, types of salaries and benefits, what computer engineers do, some of the plusses and minus of working in that occupation, etc.

High school students who would like to listen to this career speaker need to obtain permission from their classroom teachers and need to sign-up on a sheet on Mrs. Beckerís desk in the office.

You Are Invited
People outside of the school are always welcome to attend and listen to Career speakers at New Salem High School. We just need to know how many and who will be attending so we can plan accordingly. If you are interested in attending, please contact Mrs. Karen Becker so your name is placed on the sign up sheet in the high school office. If you would like to know some of the future career speakers, please contact me.

If you have any questions on financial aid, career and other counseling issues, please contact me at New Salem High School at 843-7610. If something urgent comes up please call me at my residence at 222-3222.

Have an excellent Academic Day!