Monday, February 23, 2015

We are looking for you!

Enrichment instructors needed! Bismarck State College-CETI (Continuing Education, Training & Innovation) is currently seeking energetic, enthusiastic individuals willing to share their talents, skills and knowledge with others. 

We are looking for instructors for our Spring session (May-June) and also for Fall (Sept.-Dec.). If you have skills or a passion for healthy living, crafting, social media, knitting, hiking (and much more), give us a call today at 701-224-5600 or send us an email at!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Caring for the Alzheimer’s Caregiver (part 2)

Take Time to Recharge
Many caregivers try to do everything for their loved one, without taking a break. In the long run, if you insist on shouldering the entire load, you are setting yourself up for disaster.

None of us can go through life without help. When you need an electrician, for example, you hire one. When you can’t move a piece of heavy furniture by yourself, you ask a neighbor or a friend for help. When you need help figuring out medical and legal options, you turn to a professional for assistance.

When you need a break from your caregiving responsibilities, you turn to others for help. You are not a superhero, and it’s not a selfish act to take time away to recharge your energy.
Remember to Laugh and Love
Caregiving for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia is difficult. However, there can also be times of true joy and laughter in the caregiving journey. These moments often occur at the most-unexpected times.

It might be as simple as a smile, a touch or shared laughter or memory. It could even be a glimpse of clarity from an Alzheimer’s person who is in the advanced stages of the disease. These touching moments can help sustain you during your caregiving.
Help for the Alzheimer’s Caregiver
In North Dakota, Alzheimer’s disease is the fourth-leading cause of death, the highest Alzheimer’s death rate in the nation. Where can local residents turn for help?  The Alzheimer’s Association is the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. It has local staff and programs in North Dakota to help those living with the disease and their caregivers. The North Dakota Dementia Care Services Project provides free care consultations, funded by North Dakota Human Services, to anyone dealing with any type of dementia.

Start by Calling the Helpline
The Alzheimer's Association's confidential Helpline, 800.272.3900, is a toll-free number available 24/7 every day of the year. A trained Helpline specialist will provide emotional support, information and appropriate referrals to local resources. Callers can ask questions about:
-          Understanding memory loss, dementia and Alzheimer's
-          Medications and other treatment options
-          General information about aging and brain health
-          Skills to provide quality care and to find the best care from professionals
-          Legal, financial and living-arrangement decisions

Attend Upcoming Education Sessions
Living with Alzheimer’s for caregivers is a series of education programs that provide answers to the questions that arise in the early, middle and late stages of the disease. Hear from those directly affected and learn what you need to know, what you need to plan for and what you can do at each point along the way. Topics covered will include: Developing a care team; Legal and financial planning; Coping strategies; Care and treatment options; Communicating and connecting; and Maximizing independence

Living with Alzheimer’s: For Caregivers 
When someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, friends and family have many questions. This series will cover information for caregivers of people with:

April 2, 2015 from 6-8:30 pm: Early-stage Alzheimer’s disease ($39) - "Early stage" refers to people, irrespective of age, who are diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease or related disorders and are in the beginning stages of the disease. A person in the early stages may experience mild changes in the ability to think and learn, but he or she continues to participate in daily activities and give-and-take dialogue. To others, the person may not appear to have dementia. The early stages of Alzheimer's can last for years.

May 7, 2015, 2015 from 6-8:30 pm: Middle-stage Alzheimer’s disease($39) - During the middle stages of Alzheimer's, damage to the brain can make it difficult to express thoughts and perform routine tasks. You may notice the person with Alzheimer's jumbling words, having trouble dressing, getting frustrated or angry, or acting in unexpected ways, such as refusing to bathe.

June 4, 2015 from 6-8:30 pm: Late-stage Alzheimer’s disease  ($39) - The late stage of Alzheimer's disease may last from several weeks to several years. As the disease advances, intensive, around-the-clock care is usually required.
Visit the Online Caregiver Center
The Alzheimer’s Association website is a tremendous resource. This section of the website,, features information and resources specifically for caregivers. 

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Living with Alzheimer's: Caring for the Alzheimer's Caregiver

BSC's division of Continuing Education, Training & Innovation has partnered with the Alzheimer's Association of Minnesota-North Dakota to offer multiple classes this spring. The article below was provided by the Association and written by one of the volunteers, Nancy Wurtzel.

 Caring for the Alzheimer’s Caregiver (part 1)

The physical, emotional and financial toll of Alzheimer’s is staggering. Over five million Americans are living with the disease, including an estimated 200,000 under the age of 65. It is estimated 16 million will have Alzheimer’s disease by the year 2050. Behind these numbers are some even larger numbers, representing the Alzheimer’s caregivers. Last year, more than 15.5 million family and friends across the U.S. provided 17.7 billion hours of unpaid care to those with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. This unpaid care is valued at more than $220 billion. To put this figure into perspective, it is nearly eight times the 2012 total revenue of McDonald’s. In North Dakota, where 13% of seniors have Alzheimer’s, there are an estimated 29,000 family members and friends providing unpaid care for those living with the disease.

The Caregiver Journey
Alzheimer’s caregivers face a difficult journey, and these individuals are often the hidden casualties of the disease. 

“Caring for a person with Alzheimer’s or another type of dementia is best described as a marathon, rather than a sprint,” said Nikki Heinert, Western North Dakota Program Manager of the Alzheimer’s Association Minnesota-North Dakota Chapter. “It’s challenging on all fronts and can place huge burdens on both individuals and families.”
Indeed, caregivers often report feeling isolated and overwhelmed. Nearly 60 percent of Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers rate the emotional stress of caregiving as high or very high; more than one-third report symptoms of depression. Alzheimer’s disease can also take a physical toll. In 2013, Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers incurred $9.3 billion in additional health care costs of their own.

Caregiving for someone living with Alzheimer’s may begin as occasional help for a loved one, such as assisting with certain tasks, like grocery shopping, laundry and finances. However, Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease. During the moderate states, a caregiver may be needed on a daily basis and eventually as a constant presence in the latter- and-end-stages. As the disease consumes more and more of a person’s life, it is important for caregivers to reach out for assistance.

Establishing a Caregiver Support System
Establishing a system of support will help caregivers through the ups and downs. Here are a few ways to lighten caregiving responsibilities:   

-          Educate yourself about the disease so you know what to expect
-          Plan for the future when more help will be necessary
-          Ask family members to take a more active caregiving role
-          Look into hiring a companion or caregiver
-          Seek respite care options
-          When someone offers to help, say yes
-          Consider out-of-home care options
-          Never underestimate the benefits of voicing your feelings

This last point is especially important. Bottled up feelings can lead to an angry, resentful caregiver. Before these feelings escalate, try counseling or a support group. A support group, in particular, can connect you with people who are facing similar circumstances. It is surprising how much you can benefit from connecting with others who are traveling a similar path.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Instructor Profile: Charles Van Zee

Charles A. Van Zee was raised in a military family, grew up moving all the country, and even spent a large part of his childhood in Okinawa, Japan.  Because of this, most of his life was spent on the move (Virginia, New Jersey, Maryland, and Washington State), until he moved with his wife and children to Bismarck, ND in 2014.

Charles Van Zee was virtually raised in a ceramics studio.  His mother has been creating ceramic art for 35 years and began teaching Charles the art at age 6.  At age 28, he combined his lifetime of experience with kilns with his fascination with glass art by studying Kiln-fusing at the Pratt Fine Arts Center in Seattle.  After learning the basics, Charles opened his own private studio in Ferndale, WA in 2010.  Since then, has moved to Bismarck ND, where Charles has partnered with Impact Gallery and Gifts to sell his work and to offer private lessons to all ages. He also has several classes this winter with BSC-CETI through Enrichment.
Glass Jewelry (#9100115) $49      Monday, February 23, 2015
Create your own glass pendants and earrings! With every color of the rainbow, customize your jewelry to match any outfit or occasion. (Note: actual bonding will be performed by the student outside of class, but a demonstration will be provided by the instructor.) A supply fee of $25 is payable at the time of registration. Register here.

Glass Sun-Catchers and Wall Art (#9100117) $49    Monday, March 9, 2015
Craft the perfect accent for your home. Using fusible glass, create two 10 inch pieces of art that will amaze your guests. A supply fee of $25 is payable at the time of registration. Register here.

Customized Keepsakes (#9100116) $49    Monday, March 30, 2015
Turn ordinary objects into extraordinary art! Bring in any object with a flat surface of 10in x 10in or smaller, and you can create a custom fitted glass embellishment that can be bonded to it. Bring lots of items so you have options! (Note: actual bonding will be performed by the student outside of class, but a demonstration will be provided by the instructor.) A $25 supply fee is payable at the time of registration.  Register here.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Our next Conversation: Violence and the American Dream (February 8, 2015)

Bismarck State College is pleased to present for the sixth year this series of conversations to enrich the community's understanding of our common humanity. Conversations include discussion between Clay Jenkinson and BSC President Larry C. Skogen. Questions from the audience complete the event.

Our next conversation is scheduled for Sunday, February 8th, 2015, and we will discuss Violence and the American Dream. 

Violence is deeply interwoven into American life: in movies, books, television programs, national mythology, and American history. Does America’s love affair with violence differentiate us from other civilizations, or merely recapitulate universal habits on American soil? The existence of an American frontier—our national “errand in the wilderness” has been characterized not only by violence, but by the romance of violence. The discussion will attempt sort these matters out, with a careful look at the arc of American history. It will also end in a discussion of the Second Amendment, which has become a significant flash point as the American people attempt to establish standards for civic order and liberty in the urbanized world of the 21st century.

Bismarck State College
Sunday at 3 p.m. NECE building Bavendick Stateroom 
Free to the entire community. Dates are subject to change. For more information, call BSC Continuing Education, Training and Innovation at 701.224.5600 or visit

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Hypnosis and Meditation: The Basics and Then Some

Are you curious about hypnosis and/or meditation? What’s the difference between hypnosis and meditation? Ever try to meditate on your own only to feel frustrated because your thoughts seem to race out of control? How about hypnosis? Do you wonder what it feels like to be hypnotized? Do you wonder if you can be hypnotized? How about self-hypnosis, how does that work? Ever laugh and enjoy a stage hypnosis show? Are you intrigued about why the people on stage do and say all the funny things they do? What’s all this talk about past-life hypnosis? Ever wonder if you can really improve the quality of your life using hypnosis and/or meditation? Join us to discuss the fascinating  answers to these questions and more!

February 12, 2015 
6:00 - 9:00 pm
Register here!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Professional Development Classes - January & February 2015

"I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's 
mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back." 
Maya Angelou

Are you prepared with knowledge that you can throw around? If not, the start of a new year is a great time to get ready for the game of learning. Warm up by taking one of the great upcoming classes below!

Accelerating Business Decisions
(#11949) $169, NECE Room 101, 8:30 am to 12:30 pm, Tuesday, January 13 
This workshop, by FranklinCovey, will help participants consistently complete projects successfully by teaching them to implement a disciplined process to execute projects and to master informal authority. Project management isn't just about managing logistics and hoping the project team is ready to play to win. The skills of "informal authority" are more important than ever before, so team members are inspired to contribute to the project's success! Learn More

Use Your SmartPhone - Increase Your Productivity!  

(#11986) $49, NECE Room 103, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, Wednesday, January 14
Use your smartphone to increase productivity? Yes, it is possible! In this class, you will discover multiple smartphone apps that will allow you to be effective and productive as a business professional with your smartphone. Using your smartphone in class is encouraged! Download any apps you're interested in right away. Apps will be compatible with iPhone and Android phones. Most will be free. A list of all apps will be provided for reference. This is an open forum class, and participation is encouraged! Familiarity with your smartphone is required. Learn More

Beginning Access 2010
(#11981) $149, NECE Room 104, 8:30 am - 3:30 pm, Tuesday, February 3
If you have a lot of data that you are trying to manage but you don't know where to begin, you should join us for MS Access 2010! This class will cover the basic functions and features of Access. We'll start with an introduction to database concepts and the Access environment and Help systems, and then will cover how to design and create databases. We will also work with tables, fields, and records; sort and filter data; and set field properties and data entry rules. Learn to create queries, forms, and reports and have your data managed in no time! Registration fee includes course materials. Learn More 

Your Leadership Journey
(#11930) $169.00, NECE Room 101, 8:30 am - 12:30 pm, Tuesday, February 3
This course prepares new (three years or less) and prospective leaders with the knowledge and skills needed to confront the challenges they face early in their leadership career. The learner is encouraged to think about the transitions that newer leaders face and how to handle those challenges. Learners will be introduced to three leadership differentiators that are most important to build a positive reputation as well as add to the organization's success. Learn More

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