Technology & STEM Education Staff
Peder "Pete" Gjovik - Department Chair
Peder Gjovik is an assistant professor and Department Chair in the Technology Education Program at VCSU. Pete holds degrees in Liberal Arts (AA) from Lake Region State College, Industrial Technology Education (BS) from Valley City State University, and Industrial Technology (MS) from the University of North Dakota. He is currently completing doctoral coursework in the North Dakota State University Occupational Education program.
Pete has experience in public and higher education. He taught industrial technology for grades 7-12 and most recently taught in a two-year college graphics program for 21 years. He also has entrepreneurial experience from ownership of several businesses.
Pete began teaching for the VCSU Technology Education Department as an adjunct in 2006 and as of 2008 began teaching full-time for VCSU. Pete recently served on a committee to establish standards for licensing Technical Education teachers in Wyoming through the Wyoming Professional Teachers Standards Board (PTSB). Pete also serves as a contact and advisor for Wyoming students transferring to VCSU.
Pete is married to Gail and they have three children (Erik, Evan and Tessa) and three grandchildren (Kesi, Jaytan and Reed). Pete enjoys fly-fishing, golfing, baseball, football, and training Norwegian Fjord horses.
Lana Fornes - Instructor
Lana Fornes is serving as an instructor for the Technology Education on-line program. She holds a B.A. degree from Western Illinois University with an emphasis in professional writing and a M.Ed. degree from Valley City State University in Technology Education.
Prior to entering professional education, Lana was a licensed health professional providing health and safety education in public schools and communities in southeast North Dakota for over 14 years. She was originally from Illinois, but has spent 30 years living on the great northern plains and loving it. Besides her work, Lana is focused on her native North Dakotan spouse and family; including her two sons, one grown and one on the verge, her daughter-in-law, and two precious grandchildren.
Ronald Holten - Associate Professor
Ronald Holten is an associate professor in the Technology Education Program at VCSU.
Ron holds degrees in Industrial Arts and Social Science (BS) from Westmar College, Industrial Education and Technology (MS and PhD) from Iowa State University.
Ron has experience in higher education and K-12. He taught undergrad and graduate courses for 18 years in the Technology Department at the University of North Dakota.
He taught industrial technology for grades 7-12 in Ames, IA; Gilbert, IA; and Crystal Lake, IA.
Most recently he taught driver education at Harrisburg, SD.
Ron is a veteran of the U.S. Army and served 18 months in Germany.
He is one of the last men to be inducted into the military in 1972.
Ron is married to Becky, a local-licensed pastor of the United Methodist Church.
They have three grown children, Beth (husband Nicolas), Janet (husband Greg), and John (wife Ashley).
Ron and Becky enjoy six grand children (Alli, Lucas, Ryland, Noen, Emma, and Elli).
They also enjoy travel, reading, biking, and walks.
Teresa Cole - Administrative Assistant
Teresa Cole is the Administrative Assistant for the Technology Education Department here at VCSU. Teresa holds a B.S. degree in CIS and Business Administration from Valley City State University and is currently working towards her M.Ed. in Technology Education at VCSU.
Annette Beattie - Adjunct Instructor
Adjunct Instructor, Annette went to college to be an engineer and worked as a manufacturing engineer at what is now Goodrich in Jamestown. She completed her M.Ed in Technology Education at Valley City State University and is now teaching Technology Education at Barnes County North.
Blaire Booth - Adjunct Instructor
Blaire Booth is serving as an adjunct instructor for the Technology Education on-line program. She holds a B.S. degree from Georgia Southern University in Technology Education and a M.Ed. degree from Valley City State University in Technology Education.
Cory Booth - Adjunct Instructor
Cory Booth is serving as an adjunct instructor for the Technology Education on-line program. He holds a B.A. degree from Georgia State University in Business Administration and a M.Ed. degree from Valley City State University in Technology Education.
Eric Ripley - Adjunct Instructor
Roger Skophammer - Adjunct Instructor
James Boe - Associate Professor
James Boe is an associate professor and Director of Graduate Studies at VCSU. He has a B.S. in Technology Education from Valley City State University, M.Ed in Educational Leadership from the University of North Dakota and a Ph.D. in Occupational and Adult Education from North Dakota State University. His previous experience has been serving as Curriculum Development Specialist for the VCSU Technology Education program in the development of courses for the online program. James also taught technology education for nine years in the public schools and at a math, science and technology magnet school.
In addition to his work in graduate studies, he also directs VCSU's extended learning program and is a member of the Instructional Design Team. James is married to Natalie and they have two daughters, Ashley and Sophia.