FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 10, 2015
COMMERCE AWARDS tribal college GRANT to
Sitting Bull College for WORKFORCE development
BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota Department of Commerce announced a $959,462 tribal college grant for Sitting Bull College located in Fort Yates, N.D. The grant will support efforts to develop a basic and advanced heavy equipment operator program through the purchase of a fleet of equipment.
The Legislature authorized $3 million 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.
Dr. Vermillion, President of Sitting Bull College stated, “Sitting Bull College is extremely excited and appreciative to be awarded a tribal college grant in the amount of $959,462. The opportunity for our students to learn hands-on heavy equipment training will open career doors of opportunity as well as fill the need for heavy equipment operators within the State. It is a win-win for the State and our students.”
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,” Commerce Commissioner Al Anderson said. “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.
From ND Commerce