About the Instructor

Patty VerDouw

Patty VerDouw is the oldest of seven children. She graduated from Edgeley High School in 1969 and attended Valley City State College and Dickinson State College. She spent much of the next 20 years as a licensed insurance agent in Minnesota. In 1988, she began a 15 year career with John Deere.  Her last assignment there was as manager of office administration for John Deere Credit in Johnston, IA.  In that capacity, she oversaw the daily operations of their 267,000 square foot world headquarters as well as the archival and facilities staff.  Patty was hired as business manager of the Edgeley School District in from 2002-2014.  Patty currently assists with policy at the North Dakota School Boards Association.  She has twin sons, Justin and Gregory Goettle, who also graduated from Edgeley Public School in 2008.

Important Course Dates

December 18, 2017: Class begins

May 31, 2018: Course must be completed by this date with the final exam postmarked by this deadline.


Payroll Syllabus

Online Lectures

Introduction to Payroll

Exempt vs. Nonexempt

Nuts and Bolts

Leave Balances, Payroll Reporting, Records Retention

NOTE: To listen to the PowerPoint audio, you will first need to download the file from Dropbox.


Resources and Websites

Required Text:

Review the Payroll Tool Box

Review the Payroll Online Lectures

Useful Websites:

Review Payroll Website References

 Final Exam

After you have read all the course materials and watched the online lectures, you may take your final exam by clicking here. There will be 50 multiple choice questions. You may use your lecture notes and course resources to answer these questions. Once you have completed the exam, click “Show Results.” A screen will appear with your recorded answers and final exam score. Remember to complete a proctor form and return it via email to by November 10, 2017 to receive your final grade in the course.  


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