Academic Support Program
The Northwest College Rodeo Team works closely with coaches and college faculty in its Academic Support Program. All Northwest students are assigned an Academic Advisor, generally in a student’s major field of study.
In addition, Rodeo Team members also work with Rob Stothart, Renee Dechert and Michael Konsmo. All are faculty in the English Department who attend practices and coordinate progress reports students submit to faculty throughout the semester. These reports provide updates on student grades and attendance, and Coach Del Nose uses that material to guide rodeo athletes academically.
Students can also access NWC’s Student Success Center, which provides a range of support services, and the college’s Math Tutoring Center.
Academic opportunities and one-on-one student support provide Northwest students with the foundation for a successful education to enter the workforce or to transfer to a four-year
Michael Konsmo is an Instructor of English at Northwest College. Michael earned a Master of Arts in English at Montana State University and a Master of Fine Arts from the Peter Stark Producing Program at the University of Southern California. He has taught at locations throughout the American West, including stops in Washington, Montana, California and Wyoming. He is currently writing a book about his experiences working on ranches in Montana and New Mexico.
Michael has enjoyed attending rodeos from a young age, especially the annual Labor Day rodeo in Ellensburg, Washington, his home state. "I particularly enjoy travelling to College Rodeos," Michael says. "My experiences visiting with NWC rodeo students and coaches at events in Bozeman, Helena, and Glendive," he says, "have produced many meaningful memories. It is a great privilege to contribute to this passionate and committed group of student athletes."
Rob Stothart is an Instructor in English and ESL at Northwest College. He teaches English as a Second Language, English composition and literature courses. His Master of Fine Arts degree was earned at the University of Washington in Seattle. Rob’s specialty is poetry. He also has a background in Native American studies. Before coming to NWC, he taught for Northwest Indian College at the Nooksack Tribal Center in Washington State.
Rob became interested in rodeo through his son who began competing in high school and went on to ride bulls and broncs competively. “It was completely foreign to me,” Rob said, “until my son became so passionate about the sport. Now I find myself attending rodeos all the time. But I find that I love attending practice more than anything else. Watching these students work always impresses me.”