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Commerce Awards Tribal College Grants to Turtle Mountain Community College for Workforce Development
Post Date: Nov 30 2017

By ND Commerce
The North Dakota Department of Commerce announced a $500,000 tribal college grant for Turtle Mountain Community College located in Belcourt, N.D. The grant will support Turtle Mountain Community College’s efforts to enhance their commercial vehicle operations and welding programs.
 
The Legislature authorized $500,000 in workforce development grants for tribally controlled community colleges. The grants support degree- or certificate-granting programs that qualify students to earn highly recruited jobs in the state. They also provide assistance to students to establish new businesses operating within North Dakota that will employ North Dakotans.
 
“These funds will serve to improve the local and state economy and provide good paying jobs in commercial vehicle operations and welding, two programs of study that remain very much needed in North Dakota,” Turtle Mountain Community College President Jim Davis said.  “These are both popular programs at the Turtle Mountain Community College and offer real opportunities for students to become self-sufficient, earn a good living for their families, and become contributing members to society."
 
The Department of Commerce administers the grants through an application process. Recipients report back to the Department on several factors including expenditures, number of students assisted, graduation rates, new or improved training or other programs leading to a certificate or degree, job placement rates, rate of students assisted who seek further educational opportunities, and the number of jobs or businesses created.
 
“Tribal Colleges in North Dakota serve a critical role across our state in providing education and training needed to fulfill their career goals,” said Wayde Sick, workforce development director at the North Dakota Department of Commerce. “This tribal college grant will increase the colleges’ ability to prepare students for our growing statewide economy.”
 
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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