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Commerce Awards Tribal College Grant to Turtle Mountain Community College for Workforce Development
Post Date: Sep 14 2015

By ND Commerce
The North Dakota Department of Commerce announced a $983,738 tribal college grant for Turtle Mountain Community College located in Belcourt, N.D. The grant will support Turtle Mountain Community College’s efforts to enhance their commercial driver license and construction equipment operator, welding and oil field operations programs.
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. They also provide assistance to students to establish new businesses operating within North Dakota that will employ North Dakotans.
"As President of TMCC and on behalf of our students and college community, I am very grateful and thankful to the N.D. Department of Commerce for awarding these funds to TMCC,” Turtle Mountain Community College President Jim Davis said. “We have found that the programs we are going to offer using these funds are the careers students want to pursue, and furthermore, what is needed to meet the workforce demands in North Dakota."
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.
For more North Dakota news and information go to www.NDCommerce.com.
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