Colleges In Oil Patch Face Handful Of New Challenges

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Three years ago, Williston State College President Ray Nadolny asked employees to park in the front because the campus looked so empty.

Now, as a result of enrollment growth and a spike in demand for workforce training, Nadolny tells them to park in the back or they’ll be ticketed.

The oil boom has brought an influx of new challenges for Williston State College, and the other campuses in the west also are feeling the effects.

The communities in western North Dakota are facing housing shortages, rising cost of living expenses and unpredictable construction costs.

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