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Commerce Awards Tribal College Grant to Sitting Bull College for Workforce Development
Post Date: Sep 14 2015

By ND Commerce
The North Dakota Department of Commerce announced 959,462 Sitting Bull College located in Fort Yates, N.D. grant will support efforts to develop a basic and advanced heavy equipment operator program through the purchase of a fleet of equipment.
 
The Legislature authorized $3 million in workforce development grants for tribally controlled community colleges. The grants support degree- or certificate-granting programs that qualify students to earn highly recruited jobs in the state.
 
“Sitting Bull College is extremely excited and appreciative to be awarded a tribal college grant in the amount of $959,462,” President of Sitting Bull College Laurel Vermillion, Ph.D.,  said. “The opportunity for our students to learn hands-on heavy equipment training will open career doors of opportunity as well as fill the need for heavy equipment operators within the state. It is a win-win for the state and our students.”
 
The Department of Commerce administers the grants through an application process. Recipients report back to the Department on several factors including expenditures, number of students assisted, graduation rates, new or improved training or other programs leading to a certificate or degree, job placement rates, rate of students assisted who seek further educational opportunities, and the number of jobs or businesses created.
 
“Tribal Colleges in North Dakota serve a critical role across our state in providing education and training needed to fulfill their career goals,” Commerce Commissioner Al Anderson said. “This tribal college grant will increase the colleges’ ability to prepare students for our growing statewide economy.”
 
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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