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Commerce Awards Tribal College Grant to Turtle Mountain Community College for Workforce Development
Post Date: Jan 21 2014

By ND Commerce
The North Dakota Department of Commerce announced a $125,000 tribal college grant for Turtle Mountain Community College (TMCC) located in Belcourt, N.D. The grant will support Turtle Mountain Community College’s efforts to develop workforce training programs by expanding the capacity of the welding program by providing portable welding ventilation units. The grant will also be used to add an additional instructor to the program. 
“Tribal colleges in North Dakota continue to serve a critical role across our state in providing education and training needed to help fulfill student’s career goals,” North Dakota Commerce Commissioner Al Anderson said. “This tribal college grant will increase the colleges’ capacity to prepare students for our growing statewide economy. Workforce development continues to be a major focus as we work to create more good jobs and diversify our economy.”
The Legislature authorized $5 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. They also provide assistance to students to establish new businesses operating within North Dakota that will employ North Dakotans.
"TMCC is very grateful for the additional state funding in the amount of $125,000 to support and expand our welding program,” Dr. Jim Davis, President of TMCC said. “Welding is one of our most popular programs at TMCC, and with the added resources, it allows for more students to participate in the program, become highly trained and enter the job market."
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.
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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