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Commerce Awards Grant for Bismarck State College Workforce Training Program
Post Date: Aug 01 2014

By ND Commerce
The North Dakota Department of Commerce announced two workforce enhancement grants for Bismarck State College (BSC) totaling $93,651. 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 Automotive Technology Program at BSC received a $37,167 grant to purchase fender covers, a road force touch wheel balancer, recharging station and various diagnostics equipment. The Automotive Technology program provides training in all eight instructional areas certified by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation, an evaluation board of Automotive Service Excellence (ASE).
The Precision Agriculture Program at BSC received a $56,484 grant to purchase computers, iPads, various software, a skid sprayer and handheld sensors. This program prepares students for multiple positions within the agronomy industry. Precision farming technology instruction includes guidance systems, handheld GPS systems, GIS software, variable rate fertilizer application and remote sensing.
“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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