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Commerce Awards Grant to North Dakota State College of Science for Workforce Training Program
Post Date: Jan 10 2017

By ND Commerce
The North Dakota Department of Commerce announced a $183,653 workforce enhancement grant for North Dakota State College of Science (NDSCS). The grant will support NDSCS’s Advanced Metrology Training Initiative. Metrology is the scientific study of measurement.

The grant will provide funding to NDSCS to purchase a variety of precision measurement instruments and incorporate national certifications into program curriculum.

“This training initiative significantly advances our ability to educate students in quality control,” said Barbara Bang, NDSCS Technologies and Services Division Dean. “They will now receive certifications in manual and highly advanced automated measuring processes.”
 
The following programs at NDSCS will use the equipment in their curriculums:
 
  • Precision Machining Technology
  • Welding Technology
  • Robotics, Automation and Mechatronics Technology
  • Diesel Technology
  • Powersports Technology
  • Caterpillar Dealer Service Technician
  • Automotive Technology 
Workforce enhancement grants enable two-year colleges to apply for funds to create or enhance training programs that address workforce needs of North Dakota’s private-sector employers. Projects require a dollar-for-dollar match of state to private funds.
 
“Workforce enhancement grants help to increase the capacity of our higher education institutions, like NDSCS, to provide a consistent stream of qualified workers,” said Wayde Sick, workforce development director at the North Dakota Department of Commerce. “The partnership of industry, education, and state and local governments is needed to meet the developing workforce needs of North Dakota.”
 
Grant funding may be used for curriculum development, equipment, recruitment, and training and certifying instructors. Funds may not be used to supplant funding for current operations.
 
The Workforce Enhancement Council reviews all proposals and provides funding recommendations to the commissioner of the North Dakota Department of Commerce. The council consists of the private-sector membership of the North Dakota Workforce Development Council, the state director of the Department of Career & Technical Education, and the division director of the Workforce Development Division of the North Dakota Department of Commerce, who serves as the chair.
 
The North Dakota Department of Commerce works to improve the quality of life for North Dakota citizens by leading efforts to attract, retain and expand wealth. Commerce serves businesses and communities statewide through committed people and partners who offer valuable programs and dynamic services.
 
For more North Dakota news and information go to www.NDCommerce.com.
 
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