Commerce Awards Grant to North Dakota State College of Science for Workforce Training Program

By ND Commerce 

The North Dakota Department of Commerce announced a $400,000 workforce enhancement grant for North Dakota State College of Science (NDSCS). The grant will support NDSCS’s Building Control Systems Training Initiative.

The grant will update the equipment for the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) technology program. It will provide more simulated and hands-on learning experiences for students in both commercial and residential HVAC.

“This training initiative is made possible through a partnership with Trane, a nationally recognized leader in HVAC equipment,” Barbara Bang, NDSCS Dean of technologies and services division said. “This state-of-the-art lab will be unique for a large region of the country.  Additionally, our students will have the opportunity to earn nationally recognized industry credentials through the National Coalition of Certification Centers.”

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.

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Department: HVAC/R

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