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July 2014 Employer Highlight: General Equipment & Supplies


The team at General Equipment & Supplies is in constant pursuit of the best equipment and technologies, and focused on advanced training to provide customers with the knowledge needed to make the right decisions for their business.

We sell, rent, service, fabricate and provide product support for many types of heavy equipment including loaders, dozers, excavators, cranes and rock crushing equipment. We serve the construction, mining, energy and municipal customer base in the ND and surrounding region.

General Equipment & Supplies has an educational partnership between North Dakota State College of Science (NDSCS), Komatsu America Corp and General Equipment & Supplies, Inc., with other participating dealers.

Through this innovative partnership, students  can receive state-of-the-art technical training on Komatsu construction equipment and related products. It is a combination of classroom instruction, hands-on laboratory instruction and paid cooperative educational work experience at the Komatsu dealership. 

The program costs associated with tuition, fees and supplies may be reimbursed up to 90 percent through tuition payback, depending on a student’s Grade Point Average (GPA).

This is a great opportunity for the dealer partner to have quality technicians continuously entering our shops and also a phenomenal opportunity for students to receive assistance paying for college and be guaranteed a career at one of our four ND branch locations upon completion.

Request full program details by contacting Ann Pollert at 701.364.2181 or, or learn more here.

Workforce Investment Act Youth Program

Financial assistance may be available through the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Youth Program for individuals ages 21 and younger who have not started college or a training program.  For more information and to see if you qualify for this program, contact your local Job Service office for an application. 

BND Announces New Student Loan Consolidation Option: DEAL One Loan

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Bank of North Dakota (BND) recently announced the DEAL One Loan, a new student loan repayment option for North Dakota residents who have completed their education. The program enables borrowers to consolidate student loans from multiple lenders into a single DEAL One loan.

Eligible loans include federal student loans, DEAL Loans, DEAL Consolidation Loans and private/alternative student loans from other lenders. Borrowers do not need to have existing student loans with BND, but must be current North Dakota residents for a minimum of six months. Borrowers must meet credit criteria or they will need a creditworthy cosigner.

Borrowers have the option of a fixed or variable interest rate. The rates are set quarterly. Variable interest rates will not increase more than 1 percent annually. Selecting automatic payments allows borrowers to decrease the interest rate by an additional .25 percent. There are no loan fees.

More information is available at or by calling 701.328.5763.

Positive Social Media Tour Featuring Kat Perkins

Artist and nationally televised competitor from NBC’s sixth season of “The Voice” partners with EduTech Education Technology Services in promoting Positive Social Media Tour to North Dakota schools this fall. 

Scranton, North Dakota native Kat Perkins will share her struggles and triumphs growing up in North Dakota and how she perseveres as she pursues her dreams. Perkin’s will share how she has harnessed social media tools and lives by her coined phrase “Dream It, Do It.”

Participating schools will also experience a LIVE performance featuring Kat’s newly released single in addition to receiving a customized and interactive experience in their school.  Focus topics include: “Going After Your Dreams,” “Trying New Things,” “Bullying/Manners” or “Making a Positive Impact on the World.” Teens feel social media has a more positive than negative impact on their social and emotional lives. They believe that social media helps friendships, makes them feel more outgoing, and gives them confidence. These sessions will help them and parents learn to positively and safely channel this powerful tool.

Interested schools may contact Tabitha Lang, Manager of Professional Development and Outreach for EduTech for more information by phone 701.793.5757 or email

Succeed 2020 Supports Schools to Prepare Students for College and Careers RUREADYND.png

Succeed 2020, a $25 million education and workforce development initiative, is designed for middle and high school students; putting them on paths to be better prepared for their college and career goals. Succeed 2020 has many goals, however a key goal is to ensure all students have access to and success in postsecondary education.  This takes planning – career planning, course planning, financial aid planning, and more.  The state of North Dakota, with support from the Bank of North Dakota and ND Career & Technical Education, has invested in RUReadyND, a highly useful tool.  RUReadyND assists students in all types of planning, as well as provides tools to practice for the ACT, explore college programs and majors, create a secure, personal portfolio for your future plans, etc. This online program may be accessed at, and each North Dakota student has access through his/her state ID number (ask your school for this number).  

BND College Planning Center Partners with Tigirlily 


Bank of North Dakota (BND) partnered with Tigirlily and North Dakota Dollars for   Scholars (NDDFS) to perform five concerts for North Dakota communities. Tigirlily promoted the BND College Planning Center as a resource for students, parents and  teachers that provides answers to their questions about college. Videos featuring the  school and Tigirlily concert footage can be found at or visit BND’s Facebook page.


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