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Commerce Awards Grant for Bismarck State College Workforce Training Program
Post Date: Nov 03 2016

By: ND Commerce
BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota Department of Commerce announced two workforce enhancement grants for Bismarck State College (BSC) totaling $328,376. Workforce enhancement grants enable two-year colleges to apply for funds to create or enhance training programs that address workforce needs of North Dakota’s private-sector employers. Projects require a dollar-for-dollar match of all state money with private funds. 

“We are grateful for these grants and also for the generosity of our industry partners who provide the dollar for dollar match,” BSC President Larry C. Skogen said. “Private-public partnerships like this allow us to do even more to ensure that our students succeed and North Dakota industry grows.” 

 The first grant in the amount of $314,300 will be used for BSC’s energy industry programs. The grant will provide equipment upgrades for the power plant technology, process plant technology, energy services and renewable technician and mechanical maintenance programs. It will also update the non-credit welding program.

The second grant in the amount of $14,076 will be used for BSC’s precision agriculture program and update the technology of the program to meet the needs of the agriculture industry.

“Workforce enhancement grants help to increase the capacity of our higher education institutions like BSC to provide a consistent stream of qualified workers,” said Wayde Sick, workforce development director at the North Dakota Department of Commerce. “The partnership of industry, education, and state and local governments is needed to meet the developing workforce needs of North Dakota.”

Grant funding may be used for curriculum development, equipment, recruitment participants, and training and certifying instructors. Funds may not be used to supplant funding for current operations. 

The Workforce Enhancement Council reviews all proposals and provides funding recommendations to the commissioner of the North Dakota Department of Commerce. The council consists of the private-sector membership of the North Dakota Workforce Development Council, the state director of the Department of Career & Technical Education, and the division director of the Workforce Development Division of the North Dakota Department of Commerce, who serves as the chair.

The North Dakota Department of Commerce works to improve the quality of life for North Dakota citizens by leading efforts to attract, retain and expand wealth. Commerce serves businesses and communities statewide through committed people and partners who offer valuable programs and dynamic services. 

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