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According to T. Rowe Price data, parents spend an average of $422 per child on Christmas gifts. And unless they happen to be extraordinary gift-givers, chances are that a portion of those gifts are going to be forgotten, thrown away or re-gifted.

What is a gift that could be appreciated for years to come? The gift of a college education.

College SAVE, North Dakota’s 529 plan administered by Bank of North Dakota, is one of the best ways to get started saving for college. With a College SAVE account, savings grow tax free and contributions are tax deductible. The grant programs, Children FIRST and Matching Grant, can help boost the savings, and so can friends and family when they contribute through Ugift.

A College SAVE gift is an investment in a young person’s life, potentially changing the course of that child’s education and future. 

ND Education Portal    ND Education Portal (eTranscripts)

Through federal grants and state funding, the North Dakota Statewide Longitudinal Data System (SLDS) has built education and workforce data systems.  The first-generation teacher and school administrator reporting system was released in 2012 and provided consolidated student and school profiles for evaluation and performance.  The SLDS expanded on this offering and created electronic transcripts (ND eTranscripts), which allowed for high school transcripts to be sent to any North Dakota or participating colleges.

A feature of the North Dakota Education Portal provides direct services to the student/parent: electronic access to high school transcripts and the ability to send transcripts for free to all North Dakota institutions and any out of state colleges participating through the National Student Clearing House; monitor progress of meeting the North Dakota Academic or Career & Technical Education scholarship eligibility;  integrated scholarship application in the portal; and new in 2017, a pilot project for the application to North Dakota colleges for dual credit enrollment.

The education portal is accessible for students and their guardians directly from their school’s PowerSchool.  Security is used from the local school to gain access to the education portal for districts implementing the service.

The success of ND eTranscripts continues to grow, as of October 2017, approximately 17,000 high school transcripts have been sent.  The system proves to be saving significant time, costs and increasing quality for both high schools and colleges.

For more information or questions please contact:
Tracy Korsmo
SLDS Program Manager, Information Technology Dept.

National Apprenticeship Week Celebrated November 13-19, 2017 Apprenticeship

National Apprenticeship Week was celebrated throughout the state the week of November 13th.  Governor Burgum started the week off by signing a proclamation. 

Apprenticeships have been growing in our state. They are starting to appear in non-traditional industries such as healthcare, IT, energy, and advanced manufacturing. These industries are finding it beneficial to start apprenticeship programs to help fill the voids in their employment needs.

Apprenticeships can be a good fit for those students who wish to enter the work force right after high school. They will receive the training needed while working for the company. Going the apprenticeship route also helps reduce or eliminate the student loan debt that can occur. Companies are also using apprenticeships to promote or retrain current employees to different skill sets.

In North Dakota, there are over 85 active programs with about 60 apprenticeable occupations, filled by 1,400 apprentices. Some are traditional apprenticeships such as electricians while others are forming in the healthcare industry such as medical coder. 

BND logo  Bank of North Dakota Wraps Up Fall Opportunities

As people are starting to wrap holiday gifts, Bank of North Dakota (BND) is wrapping up its fall programs. The programs were updated with new formats this year and we look forward to receiving your feedback.
  • College Application Month: A total of 120 North Dakota high schools hosted College Application Month events this year resulting in over 3,000 high school seniors applying to college. Thank you on behalf of these students for offering them this opportunity. Registration for College Application Month 2018 will open in the spring.
  • Career Discovery ND: Students in grades 7-12 and their parents had the opportunity to learn about scholarship opportunities, student loans, job opportunities, entrepreneurship, life after high school and career planning during Career Discovery ND sessions held at schools around the state and during a special Facebook Live event on BND's Facebook page.
  • Financial Aid Information Nights: Schools and parents joined us on Facebook to learn about financial aid during special live sessions that were held every Wednesday night October 4 - November 15. Click here to view one of the sessions. 
Another new resource for students and parents is BND's College Handbook which is available year-round.

If you have questions about Career Discovery ND or Financial Aid Information Nights, contact Char Skjonsby at 328.5753 or email. Contact Amanda Woidyla with questions about College Application Month at 328.5655 or email

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