Four of the state’s tribal colleges recently received about $3.5 million from the North Dakota Department of Commerce to develop and enhance programs that meet the state’s employment needs.
State legislators set aside $5 million during this year’s session to be distributed to tribal colleges. The goal was to train students in high-need areas such as oilfield operations, commercial driving and construction.
“We're really training for North Dakota occupations,” said Beth Zander, with the Workforce Development Division of the Department of Commerce.
The colleges apply for the funding through the Workforce Development Division. The state agency and the colleges will track outcomes such as job placement and retention to determine which programs are successful in helping the state “address its workforce issues,” Zander said.