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Workforce Development
Workforce Matters 12.2017
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 success stories from companies who have used state programs to achieve a goal. The Workforce Leadership Team has developed a resource to lessen any possible confusion on various state and federal workforce development programs in North Dakota.

Learn more at Available Workforce Projects/Programs.

Carrington pulling together to tackle their workforce shortage

carrington.JPGCarrington, a community of just over 2,000 people, is known for the Birding Festival, JunkFest, golf course and the hunting/fishing. Over a year ago, after realizing community members could not function in silos and expect community progress, representatives from the Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development Committee, NDSU Research Center, local business owners/employees and other passionate community leaders have come together and formed the “Consider Carrington” Committee.

The mission of the committee is “to spread the word about how amazing Carrington is and all that we have to offer those considering relocation in hopes of filling many (if not all) of the jobs open in our community.” Carrington’s open positions are in various industries, including retail, healthcare, construction, agriculture, public service, and manufacturing. Their largest employer, Dakota Growers Pasta Company, has a diverse set of openings with wages and benefits that are competitive.

As the group embarked on the “Consider Carrington” mission, they created three pillars to focus their efforts: Building Community, Funding, and Marketing. The NDSU Extension Service lead a strategic planning session to further aid the direction of their work. The “Building Community” pillar has worked on housing, daycare issues, and community pride. They held a Daycare Appreciation Night to bring daycare providers together to recognize their services and to discuss these professionals’ ideas on tackling the daycare shortage. The result was increasing daycare options with funding assistance through the local Job Development Association to establish a daycare center for 30 kids.

The Funding Committee has been dedicated to raising funds, researching grant opportunities, and examining creative solutions to financially support ongoing efforts. The marketing committee started a Consider Carrington Facebook page, developed “Why We Love Carrington” material, submitted a Partners in Marketing grant, and are working to involve youth in the efforts.

The community continues to take inventory and brag about their offerings, including a new elementary school, The Putnam House, The Foster County Museum, The Youth Center/bowling alley/movie theater, Dakota Sun Gardens & Winery, the NDSU Research Extension Center, a municipal pool, outdoor volleyball, softball, basketball and tennis courts, and an Iron Fit Gym and Wellness Center. The Carrington Job Development Association has created a new promotional video sharing “All Things Carrington.” Their ongoing efforts will promote individuals to relocate to Carrington, create community pride, and continue to bring the community together to enhance their community.

For more information, contact Amie at Dakota Growers Pasta Company

Public-private collaboration results in high-tech experience for NDSCS HVAC/R students

Public and private funds have come together to provide a world-class educational facility for students at the NDSCS_2296.jpgNorth Dakota State College of Science. The College’s Heating, Ventilating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVAC/R) program unveiled its new state-of-the-art classroom and lab in October. Students can now train on the latest technology used by the industry, enabling them to gain the skills needed for technically advanced careers.
NDSCS_2267.jpgPublic funds from a $400,000 North Dakota Department of Commerce workforce enhancement grant were matched by more than $432,000 in private donations from Trane®, a leading global provider of indoor comfort solutions and services. In addition to donated equipment, Trane representatives oversaw the complete installation of the systems to ensure they are fully operational.
Students are immersed in curriculum that features this new equipment, as well as the theory behind how the mechanical systems work together to make the buildings as efficient as possible. Through a partnership with the National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3), NDSCS offers its HVAC/R students five certifications to demonstrate that they have been educated to industry standards. Learn more about this high-demand program at ndscs.edu/hvacr.

ND Cares Communities focusing on Veterans

ndcareslogo.jpgThe ND Cares Community Program was created as an important extension of the mission of ND Cares in order to strengthen an accessible, seamless network of support for Service Members, Veterans, Families, and Survivors (SMVFS). The ND Cares Community Program helps create a welcoming and supportive environment across North Dakota that will increase awareness of local and state support for SMVFS.  ND Cares is open to all cities or counties throughout North Dakota that agree to meet these four requirements:
1. Establish a local steering committee (minimum of three people) that must be formed at either the city or county level. There may be a group or committee already present in your community that would be a good fit for the ND Cares local steering committee and willing to take on the project.
2. A city or county governing board must pass a resolution of support.
3. A city or county must hold a minimum of one event each calendar year to educate the community and/or honor Service Members, Veterans, Families, and Survivors.
4. An ND Cares sign must be displayed on ND DOT city limit sign or inside the city limits. These signs will be provided to each community at no cost. If it is a county program, every city in the county must have a road sign identifying the city as an ND Cares community.
Establishing your community event(s) and displaying your community sign will reaffirm your support to the SMVFS living in your community.  Events are limited only by your imagination, but should address social, emotional, physical, and spiritual health needs.
Currently, 37 communities in North Dakota are ND Cares Communities. For more information on the ND Cares Community Program, please contact the ND Cares office at (701) 333-2015 or ndcares@nd.gov.

AmeriCorps Funding Opportunity

AmeriCorps grants provide assistance to programs to recruit, train, and supervise AmeriCorps0americorps.jpg members meeting critical community needs in the areas of education, disaster services, health, environmental stewardship, economic opportunity, and service to veterans and military families. Grant applicants design service activities for a team of members serving full- or part-time for one year or during the summer.

Eligible Grant Applicants
Public or private nonprofit organizations, including labor organizations, faith-based and other community organizations, institutions of higher education, government entities within states or territories (e.g., cities, counties), Indian Tribes, or a partnership or consortia consisting of the previously mentioned are eligible to apply. There is a minimum overall grantee match of 24 percent. Starting with the fourth year of funding, the overall match increases to 26 percent. The match increases to 50 percent by the tenth year of funding and any year following.

Participant Incentives
In addition to the experience they receive and the knowledge that they have made a difference, AmeriCorps volunteers may be eligible to receive a living allowance, health insurance, child care, and an education award based upon the successful completion of a service term. Education awards can be used to repay school loans or tuition. Read more about education awards

Applications for the 2018-19 grant year are due February 14, 2018. The application instructions are located at AmeriCorpsND.com or for more information contact Ryan Volk.


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