The North Dakota Department of Commerce announced a $265,328 workforce enhancement grant for North Dakota State College of Science (NDSCS). The grant will support NDSCS’s efforts to train students in their Robotic Welding Technician Training Initiative.
The grant will expand NDSCS’s ability to offer robotic welding training to students and incumbent workers. It also allows for the possibility for NDSCS to become an American Welding Society (AWS) Approved Testing Center for Certified Robotics Arc Welding. Currently, there are six AWS Approved Testing Centers in the United States. This project will impact 100 students on an annual basis.
“We are excited to receive another Workforce Enhancement Grant as these grants encourage public and private partnerships that assist us in providing a world class educational environment at NDSCS.” Dr. John Richman, president of NDSCS said.
Workforce enhancement grants enable two-year colleges to apply for funds to help create or enhance training programs that address workforce needs of North Dakota’s private-sector employers. Projects require a dollar-for-dollar match of all state money with private funds.
“The workforce enhancement grants help increase the capacity of our higher education institutions like NDSCS to provide a consistent stream of qualified workers educated right here in North Dakota,” 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, recruiting participants, 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.
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