I Want That Job – Minot State University-Bottineau Entrepreneurial Center for Horticulture
$250,000 by Senate appropriator Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.) and Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) for the Entrepreneurial Center for Horticulture at Minot State University-Bottineau. According to its website, the center is “committed to furthering greenhouse production of organic and specialty vegetables in North Dakota.” North Dakota is not among the leading states in horticulture sales .
Now, I gotta admit, I had never heard of Minot State University-Bottineau. It’s located in Bottineau, North Dakota. That told me a lot. So, I checked out their website for better info. Minot State University-Bottineau has an enrollment of about 600 according to their website. That’s kinda small. So, I figured they must have one hell of a horticulture program going in order to merit $250,000 for 600 students. This is their current curriculum:
|Minot State University-Bottineau Fall
2009 Class Sc
Information Management – Accounting Technician (AAS) § Infor
Information Management – Medical Secretary (AAS) § Advertisin
Medical Assistant (AAS) (Diploma) § Reception Services (Diplo
|Office: Admin. 2nd
Floor Telephone: (701) 858-4339
|ACCT 200||Elements of Accounting I||W.
|ACCT 215||Legal Env of Business||Benson|
|ACCT 294||Independent Study||W.
|ACCT 297||Co-op Ed Accounting||Gagnon|
|AH 136||Clinical Procedures||Staff|
|AH 138||Medical Coding I CPT||Boucher|
|AH 171||Medical Terminology||Staff|
|AH 297||Co-op Ed Medical Assistant||Gagnon|
|ASC 075||College Study Skills||Weber|
|ASC 092||Beginning Algebra||Nahinurk|
|BADM 105||Leadership Techniques||Keith|
|BADM 201||Principles of Marketing||Keith|
|BADM 205||Leadership Techniques||Keith|
|BADM 214||Entertainment Marketing||Keith|
|BADM 260||Principles of Retailing||Keith|
|BADM 297||Co-op Ed Advertising/Mktg||Keith|
Structure & Function ($15.00 Lab fee)
|BOTE 209||Office Management||Gagnon|
|BOTE 217||Records Management||Gagnon|
|BOTE 297||Co-op Ed Admin Assistant||Gagnon|
|BOTE 297||Co-op Ed Medical Secretary||Gagnon|
|CSCI 101||Introduction to Computers||Gagnon|
|NUTR 240||Principles of Nutrition||Kveum|
|PSYC 100||Human Relations in Org||Gagnon|
I suppose promoting greenhouse vegetables is part of their Sales program. Their online program does include some things to do with plants and dirt. Not sure exactly how that would work. I guess you email pics of what you’re growing. But, to be honest, they do have a 100 level horticulture class online. That one 100 level class ( for clarification, 100 level courses are those classes freshmen take in order to move on to more important things like, 200 level courses. ) For that one ONLINE class, Minot State University-Bottineau either has or will have an “Entrepreneurial Center”. Not sure how big this entreprenurial center for students who never come to campus will be. But, for $250,000, it’s probablty not that big.
For that matter, I wonder if it exists at all, or ever will exist.
But, I gotta hand it to whoever made this request that Byron Dorgan and Kent Conrad could not say no to. I mean, the beauty of it impresses me. ”furthering greenhouse production of organic and specialty vegetables in North Dakota”. I am completely in awe of someone who can get $250,000 to grow vegetables in North Dakota. I mean, it’s not like vegetables can grow in North Dakota all by themselves.
Yes, I want that job. I don’t want to live in North Dakota tho. Too cold. As with the students of the horticulture program, I’ll just live where I do now and teach them online. I can do that for $250,000, easy.
Where I really think they slid a fast one on Dorgan and Conrad is by sticking the word “greenouse” in it. Whenver someone simply mentions the word “greenhouse” in academia it is immediately assumed to be 100% legit and 100% politically correct. Nevermind the fact that this particular money has nothing to do with limiting greenhouse gases and all to do with spending $10,000 on a bunch of plastic to grow vegetables. They said “greenhouse”. Write the check.