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Commerce Awards Grant for Bismarck State College Workforce Training Program
Post Date: Feb 26 2015

The North Dakota Department of Commerce announced a workforce enhancement grants for Bismarck State College (BSC) totaling $406,129. Workforce enhancement grants enable two-year colleges to apply for funds to help 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.
“The Department of Commerce workforce enhancement grants are a great example of industry and education collaborating to provide a high quality educational experience for our students,” Bismarck State College Interim President Dave Clark said. “BSC will utilize the funds to enhance curriculum through simulation and hands-on equipment.” 
BSC received this grant to provide program enhancements and equipment funding for the following programs; welding, renewable generation, mechanical maintenance, power plant technology and the lineworker program. The grant will impact a total of 124 students on an annual basis.
“The workforce enhancement grants help increase the capacity of our higher education institutions like BSC to provide a consistent stream of qualified workers educated right here in North Dakota,” 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, recruiting 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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