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4-15-2021 Workforce Development

Collegeapplicationmonth.JPGIt's College Application Month

October is an important month for North Dakota's high school seniors. If they apply to a North Dakota college during their school's College Application Month event, Bank of North Dakota will cover the $35 registration fee. Nearly 120 schools across the state are participating this year, a new record!

Job Shadows, Are They for You?

Are you still wondering what career to pursue? Do you wish there was a way you could try it out for an hour or so? Job Shadowing is your solution. Job Shadowing is typically an hour to four hours at the host company. The student will observe the professional who is currently working in the profession the student is interested in.
Here are a few tips to get you started:
Research companies. Are there companies in your city that employ the career you are interested in? Research the area companies and make a list of your top 10.

Contact the company about job shadowing? If you know someone personally in these companies, reach out to them for a contact person. If you don’t know anyone at the company, reach out to their HR department and ask if they offer job shadowing. Most companies are very willing to share their knowledge of what they do.

Know what to ask. Make sure you point out to the company that you are trying to decide on a career and would love to see what a professional in that career does every day. Think of some questions ahead of time that would help you make your decision. Would they recommend classes that would help? What are some of the main duties of the job?

Talk logistics. Ask the company how much time they would have? Would there be other careers at the same company you could shadow in the same day?

Job shadowing can be useful no matter if you are a junior or senior in high school or entering college. Take advantage of it and who knows you might just land an internship or a job.

Financial Aid Information Nights help families of high school seniors

How do you learn about the different sources of financial aid, scholarships, completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and the hottest careers? You can learn about it on Facebook Live, every Wednesday between October 4-November 15 from 7-7:45 p.m. CT. Bank of North Dakota hosts the event.  Parents are asked to register. You’ll be mailed materials upon request. 

Adult Education Provides Free Services

The North Dakota Department of Public Instruction, Adult Education Unit, promotes and supports free programs that help individuals over the age of 16 obtain basic academic and educational skills to be productive workers, family members, and citizens. Adult education classes provide a second opportunity for adult learners committed to improving their academic and career skills.

Adult education in North Dakota is based on and supported in the following philosophy:
  • All adults have the right to complete their education through the high school level.
  • All adults have the right to education that enhances their ability to affect positive changes in their lives and for their family.
  • All adults have the right to obtain the life skills necessary to become self- sufficient and engaged community members.
Services available in each Adult Learning Center include: reading/writing, science, social studies, math, digital literacy skills, English Language acquisition for adults who are unable to read, speak or write English, citizenship preparation, workplace education, career planning and readiness, and GED® preparation and testing.

Each Adult Learning Centers provides free instruction in English language acquisition and citizenship skills. Instruction is designed for adults who have limited proficiency in the English language or whose native language is not English. Instructional emphasis is on listening and speaking as well as reading and writing. Instruction is also designed for foreign-born adults who wish to become United States citizens. Persons completing this program are prepared to pursue citizenship through the prescribed Immigration and Naturalization Service process. Additionally, career pathways and integrated employment and training (IET) are available services. 

Why Apply Website Updated Why Apply new logo

Bank of North Dakota has updated Why Apply?. It’s a website dedicated to assisting Native American youth and their parents prepare for college. In addition to the written information, the site features videos of Brad Hawk and Erica Wondrasek, both from the ND Indian Affairs Commission, sharing their college experiences and insights for today’s young people. Visit

Jobs, More than just a Paycheck

Holding a first job is more than just a source of income. Important skills and career decisions can be made from this experience. Holding a job can be their first exposure to the importance of dressing properly at work, reporting to a job on time, customer service skills, money skills, workplace ethic, leadership skills, to name a few. A student can use this experience to help decide if there is an area they like or dislike. Dealing with money and people are skills that can be an experience a student may lean towards or choose careers in the opposite direction.

Students should also keep in mind the sports and school clubs they join. Leadership and team building skills are an important trait also discovered in these areas.

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