SBC and TMCC Receive Funds for Workforce ProgramsFeb 19th, 2015 | By tcj | Category: 26-3: Global Indigenous Higher Education, Tribal College News
Senator John Hoeven of North Dakota, a member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations and Energy Committees, announced that the U.S. Department of Labor has awarded nearly $10 million to support job-driven energy and related industry training programs at four North Dakota colleges. Two tribal colleges made the list, including Sitting Bull College (SBC) in Fort Yates and Turtle Mountain Community College (TMCC) in Belcourt. SBC and TMCC will receive $1.7 million and $2.1 million, respectively.
The monies are earmarked for training in the energy, transportation, utility, and construction sectors of the economy and are part of the Training for Regional Energy in North Dakota (TREND) project. The funding is targeted toward the development and expansion of innovative training programs in partnership with local employers.
“North Dakota’s rapidly growing economy is creating a tremendous demand for skilled workers across a range of fields, especially in the western energy patch,” Hoeven says. “We’re working to help meet the demand for skilled energy workers, as well as for workers in the utility, transportation, and construction industries, which are helping to build the housing, roads, electrical grids, and other infrastructure our state needs.”