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Workforce Development
Workforce Matters 6.2017
Workforce Matters is a quarterly newsletter from the North Dakota Department of Commerce Workforce Development Division that informs partners about the latest workforce news. Use this as a resource for tips on how to recruit talent for your business, ways to engage newly hired employees and learn from local companies who use state programs to achieve a goal.

Sakakawea Medical Center: Innovation in Training

SMC.jpgCaring for the community is a long-standing tradition at Sakakawea Medical Center (SMC). Founded more than 68 years ago, they strive to care for all by offering health, healing and a better quality of life. SMC is a critical access hospital, licensed for 13 beds, and a 34-bed licensed basic care facility. SMC serves the communities, residents and visitors of Dunn, Mercer and Oliver Counties, and is in the heart of rural Mercer County and housed in the City of Hazen.

Because SMC is a rural facility, there is not a large pool of nurses available for hiring, forcing SMC to think outside the box when a position opens.  It was necessary to transform the traditional hiring method and move toward growing their own nurses. Common themes heard when talking to Nurse Assistants included, “I want to be a nurse; but, I cannot drive to take classes; I need to be home to care for my kids; and if only there was a way I could work and take classes.” The staff knew these themes could not be unique to SMC. A collaboration was made with local healthcare entities in Mercer County including Knife River Care Center (KRCC), Coal Country Community Health Center (CCCHC) and SMC to pursue the possibility of launching a satellite nursing program in Hazen under the direction of Bismarck State College (BSC).

In 2012, a practical nursing program was approved and established in Hazen. A current SMC nurse was transitioned to teach with shared expense among the three healthcare facilities and BSC. This instructor taught the clinical portion of nursing education and the theory aspect would come from Interactive Television capabilities. Six students enrolled in the inaugural year. These students completed most of their clinical requirements locally, allowing them to be partially trained on the facilities electronic medical record, policies and procedures.  This was a huge advantage to hiring directly from this program. Since the inception, 21 nurses have received their associate degree in practical nursing and most of these nurses are working in the community. The program has allowed local individuals to achieve a personal career goal through non-traditional means and eliminated the need for them to travel away from home. Leveraging innovative educational models and technology has afforded KRCC, CCCHC and SMC the ability to overcome rural challenges through transformational change.

To foster a familiar environment for students, SMC dedicated a classroom and  skills lab designed to replicate a patient room.. The goal is to teach skills necessary to provide quality care while building a workforce at home, giving those that have a dream of being a nurse an opportunity to succeed locally.

For more information, visit www.SMCND.org or hear testimony from those going through the program.

Impact Dakota: North Dakota’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership Center

Impact Dakota, North Dakota’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership Center, is the region’s leader in serving companies in industries of all kinds in becoming “Lean”. Utilizing proven continuous process tools and 0impactDakota.jpgmethodologies they help companies find the right solutions for the problems they’re facing and enable them to seize the opportunities. They are experts in the areas of growth and innovation; process improvement; leadership and people development; as well as, strategic and business planning.

Since 2001, Impact Dakota has worked with companies on over 675 improvement projects; helping them develop their people, become more productive, build greater focus and direction and become more profitable. They have helped companies realize $297 million in new and retained sales; $99.5 million in cost savings, $176.9 million in new investments and 3,125 new jobs created or retained.

For more information on Impact Dakota, please visit ImpactDakota.com.

Apprenticeship Info Sessions

NDDOCAPLogo3cFC.JPGThe Departments of Commerce, Department of Career and Technical Education along with Job Service North Dakota have partnered to expand the use of apprenticeships in the industries of Energy, Manufacturing, Healthcare and Information Technology. Commerce is currently developing a North Dakota apprenticeship brand, marketing materials, collecting models and best practices and planning regional employer info sessions. Business members’ attendance will be key to the success of these meetings. The info sessions are to educate employers on the benefits of apprenticeships, seek out partnership opportunities, review models of current programs which can be applied to current workforce supply lines, and provide potential funding sources for businesses to take advantage of. Partners such as higher education, economic development, TrainND, DOL-Apprenticeship office, etc. will be invited to the meetings as well.

Dates and locations are as follows:
                Grand Forks – July 11
                Fargo – July 12
                Minot – July 25
                Williston – August 15
                Dickinson – August 16

Register for an info session.

Governor’s Workforce and HR Conference

Join us for this year’s conference, September 20-22, at the Holiday Inn in Fargo. We have a full slate ofNDDOCHRConf500x500DigAdProduction.jpgnational and local speakers to provide solutions to workforce challenges.

Our closing keynote, “What the World’s Best Workplaces Do Differently” is sponsored by the Bank of North Dakota. Presenter, Ron Friedman surveyed the world’s most successful organizations, identifying key practices that position them to thrive.

He reveals the highlights, offering a surprising look at the emerging science of workplace excellence. You’ll discover why great workplaces reward failure and how turning colleagues into close friends can bolster your bottom line. You’ll learn why DreamWorks pays employees to decorate their desks, why the Boston Consulting Group flags analysts who don’t take paid time off (PTO), and why Radio Flyer provides mileage reimbursement for employees who ride their bikes.

By the end of this presentation, not only will you and your team think differently about your workplace, you’re bound to come away with a variety of actionable insights that you can immediately use.

For more information on the other keynotes, check out NDWorkforceandHR.com. Attendee registration is now open.

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR)

esgrhiRegistered.jpgEmployer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) is a Department of Defense program that develops and promotes supportive work environments for Service members in the Reserve Components through outreach, recognition, and educational opportunities that increase awareness of applicable laws, and resolves employment conflicts between the Service members and their employers.

ESGR was established in 1972 to promote cooperation and understanding between Reserve Component Service members and their civilian employers and to assist in the resolution of conflicts arising from an employee's military commitment. To make this arrangement work, both parties must be aware of their rights and responsibilities under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA). 

ESGR offers employer programs such as Statement of Support signing events, boss lifts, employer briefings and job fairs in your local areas across the state. These programs provide insight into the duties performed by your employees in the Guard or Reserve while on duty.

North Dakota has a very active role in this program and has recognized employers across the state for their efforts in this important collaboration and partnership with their service members. Click here to learn about who was recognized in North Dakota in 2017.

AmeriCorps Program Wins Top Area Child Care Provider

The YMCA of Cass and Clay Counties is the largest child care provider in the Fargo-Moorhead metro 0americorps.jpgarea and was voted the top child care provider in the FM Metro area in 2014. AmeriCorps members are an integral part of their success. Most of the members are placed in the School Age Programs as mentors to work with children in small groups or on an individual basis to promote improved behaviors and skills that translate into academic success. A smaller number of the members are placed as Healthy Living Coaches who give health and nutrition coaching to small groups and individuals. These coaches show the youth that being active and making healthy nutrition choices is fun! A great way to see the AmeriCorps members in action and hear directly from them is to watch the 2014 recruitment video. They are actively recruiting individuals with a desire to give back AND make a difference in a child’s life.

For more information, contact Amanda Nordick, AmeriCorps Coordinator at 701.356.1467.


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