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4-15-2021 Workforce Development
December 2014 Employer Highlight: Applied Engineering

Applied EngineeringApplied Engineering offers opportunities for job-shadowing and internships in a variety of career paths, including design engineering, software development, system administration, human resources, and more. Upon college graduation, they offer exciting careers in those fields. Some unique highlights of working at Applied include the chance to work on a variety of consulting projects and network with top professionals in engineering and technology, the opportunity to expand your skills and knowledge through a career development program, and great team environment. Over the years, they’ve received various awards for workplace culture including the Best Place to Work award and Top Place to Intern award from the ND Young Professionals Network, and were selected as one of the Top 25 Best Large Companies to work for in the region by Prairie Business magazine.  Applied Engineering is an employee-owned engineering and technology company that was founded in Fargo, ND in 1986. Their headquarters are in Bismarck, ND and have additional offices in Fargo, ND; Brooklyn Park, MN; Sioux Falls, SD; Eau Claire, WI; and Addison, TX. Applied provides engineering and manufacturing consulting services, IT and custom programming services, and large format digital printing services. They also sell and support industry leading design and manufacturing software and IT infrastructure. Applied combines talent and technology to offer custom solutions to fit their customers' unique challenges. Applied strives to help high-achieving students realize their career aspirations. For more information, please visit the website at


RU ReadyNorth Dakota Career Resource Offers Workshops.
North Dakota Career Resource Coordinators provide workshops for career professionals and educators each year.  There are five opportunities for training during the 2014-15 on the following topics:
  • RUNew to
  • Becoming a ProCenter Expert
  • Multi-Topics
  • Regional Career Professional In-Service
  • Customizing Your School’s Plan of Study
The workshops are offered at multiple locations throughout the state and are free of charge.  

Go to  for more information on the Career Resource Network or the upcoming workshops.

The Career Resource Network is part of North Dakota Career and Technical Education.


ND Helps Students Find The Right College or University
Last fall, the North Dakota University System (NDUS) launched, a website dedicated to helping students find the North Dakota college or university that clicks with them. Using cutting edge technology, meets students where they already are – online – and provides them with interactive tools to make choosing the right college easier.

The website includes information on the advantages of pursuing higher education in North Dakota, a full program listing of all the degrees offered by NDUS colleges and universities with direct links to the institutions that offer the desired program, and an in depth snapshot of each college experience at these institutions complete with campus statistics, testimonials, videos and direct contact information for admissions, housing, financial aid and more.

The North Dakota University System is committed to helping students succeed in higher education and in their desired career. offers an easy way for potential students to learn more about the opportunities available in North Dakota and make an informed choice regarding which college or university clicks with them.


Time to Start Looking For Scholarships
Scholarships are a great way to help pay for tuition. They help cover tuition, fees, and sometimes books. The best part is scholarships are not like loans and are not expected to be paid back.

Scholarships can be based on different criteria. They may be based on a GPA, the high school you graduated from, or the career field you will be entering.  Others, such as the Catholic Health Initiatives Scholarship programs are specific to those planning on attending the University of Mary. Not all scholarships are geared towards newly graduated high school seniors. The Comeback Scholarship is aimed at students who wish to return to college and either graduate or pursue another career.  This scholarship provides for both full time and part time students.

Here are a few tips when applying for scholarships:
  • Start searching early. Allow yourself time to fill out the application properly and gather the required documents.
  • Read the application carefully and follow directions. Be aware of the deadline and any special instructions on submitting the application. Also proofread the application to make sure there are no spelling or grammatical errors. Have a parent or career counselor review it to site any corrections that may have been missed.
  • Be aware of the requirements for the scholarship.  You do not want to lose it by not registering for the correct classes or falling below the specified GPA.
For more information and links to scholarships, follow the links on the Youth Forward website under Parent Resources and under Other Resources.


Area Manufacturing Businesses Host Students to Celebrate Manufacturing Week

The Dakota Manufacturing Extension Partnership, Inc. partnered with North Dakota’s Department of Commerce and communities around the state to host manufacturing tours for high school students. 

The Fargo Moorhead Economic Development Corporation had 165 students tour 4 different types of manufacturers:  a gravel pit where they saw raw material being processed into a usable aggregate product;  water management systems pipes being produced and then how transported; the production of rain by cloud seeding; and electronic components for agricultural products. 

The City of Wahpeton took 203 high school students on tours of 4 companies as well:  a Bobcat factory; a company that makes large belts for heavy agricultural equipment; a fabrication company for injection molding and stamping; and a company that does precision machining.

Jamestown / Stutsman County Economic Development Corporation took 45 students through a manufacturer of advanced aerospace and defense products.  

Some of the comments from the students after the tour:  

 “I liked how there was lots of hands on opportunities to help me further my knowledge of manufacturing and different career opportunities.”

“I liked how the tour guides had answers to most or all of my questions and how they were very interesting. I also liked how they showed that they used boards that were gold plated for their tractors. Because of that I might want to work in their field of work. All of the things in the tour were very interesting to me and this trip was awesome.”

 “Every place we visited was unique in its own way. Everyone was hands on. We were not limited to interacting with the different machines and materials which to me was very awesome. Definitely one of the most exciting, entertaining, and most educational experiences I've had in a very long time. No questions asked, I would definitely like to have a career in manufacturing now. This trip really enhanced my opinions about manufacturing and other technical careers. Thanks for the trip. IT WAS AMAZING!”


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