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Workforce Development
Workforce Matters 3.16
Workforce Matters is a quarterly newsletter from the North Dakota Department of Commerce Workforce Development Division that informs private and public 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.

Altru Health System: Making Employees Your Best Recruitment Tool

Altru Health System uses their mission, vision and values to guide their daily work in caring for their patients, and works to create a positive culture for their growing organization of over 4,000 employees and physicians. “Improving Health, Enriching Life” is their mission, and they take great care to hire and retain people who believe in this core purpose and who live their values. Meeting the needs and expectations of their patients is their highest priority. 
IamAltru.JPGShort-term recruitment solutions can be attractive; however, these options are costly and may impact an organization in unexpected ways in the long term. Altru focuses on retention of employees, keeping their current employees’ best interest in mind. They lead the market in compensation and benefits, including health insurance, retirement plans, discounts at local businesses and have an overall focus on wellness.
A key part of creating a culture that consistently delivers high quality and reliable care to their patients is “living” a core set of behavior standards – Integrity, Acknowledgement, Meaningful, Accountability, Listen, Team, Respect, Understand. Altru’s Talent Specialists search for individuals who exemplify these standards, and once hired they focus on fostering the adoption of these in orientation and leadership development expectations.     

I AM ALTRU - Integrity, Acknowledgement, Meaningful, Accountability, Listen, Team, Respect, Understand. Each letter of “I am Altru” is the first letter of a word that represents a category of behavior standards.

Focusing on standards has brought a refreshed employment brand featuring employees sharing their story with potential new employees. Altru has found their employees are the most effective recruitment resource, sharing their experiences and love for their work.

Altru Health System Career Page

ND GED Successes and Changes

 North Dakota Department of Public Instruction School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler recently noted that North Dakota students recorded one of the nation’s highest success rates last year on the General Educational Development (GED) battery of tests.

The GED is taken by people who are at least 16 years old who have left high school without graduating. The exam consists of four tests that measure proficiency in reading, mathematics, science and social studies. It is accepted as the equivalent of a high school diploma by employers and higher education institutions.

North Dakota’s 2016 GED pass rate is expected to rise even higher because of a national, retroactive change in the passing score for the four exams, Baesler said. Initially, GED test takers needed a 150 score on each test to pass. However, the “cut score” was lowered in December to 145.

The minimum score was reduced after an analysis of 18 months’ worth of test data in several states, which showed that students who scored 150 or better on the tests were doing better in college than a large majority of high school graduates. (The maximum GED score is 200.)

In North Dakota, the reduced score will be applied retroactively to GED test-takers who sat for the exam in 2015, said Valerie Fischer, director of adult education for the Department of Public Instruction. As a result, about 100 test-takers who believed they had not passed the exam will be notified that they did, Fischer said.

The GED test was recently overhauled to conform to more rigorous academic standards adopted in North Dakota. The new exam made its debut in January 2014. It was designed to be more challenging, and to measure a student’s ability to think critically and use his or her knowledge to solve real-world problems.

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Helping Students Find the Good Life in North Dakota

Booth.jpgFind the Good Life representatives attended the Minnesota Private College Job Fair and the University of Minnesota Job Fair, February 16-19 in Minneapolis, which had over 4,500 students attend. Representatives from the North Dakota Department of Commerce, Sanford Health, BCBSND/Noridian, and Bethany Retirement Living talked to students about career and internship opportunities. This effort was part of the Find the Good Life in North Dakota Initiative that also coincided with a Minnesota marketing push.

What did our partner companies who attended the event have to say?
  • "Great job fair and lots of opportunity in the twin cities. We will be back. It would be nice to get more ND companies to be there so we can make a bigger impact."
  • "Wonderful career fair! It was great to be a part of it and represent North Dakota!"
  • "I thought this was a great experience seeing the differences between how ND recruits and big city MN recruits potential employees."

Save the Date: 2016 Governor’s Workforce and HR Conference

Save the date for this year’s Governor’s Workforce and HR Conference on September 20-22 at the NDDOC_HRConference2016_500x50001.jpgBismarck Event Center. The Department of Commerce and the North Dakota Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) are collaborating to host this three-day event.

The conference will include state and national presenters who will focus on working to create workforce solutions. Attendees will have an opportunity to network and share best practices with fellow attendees throughout the event. Exhibitors and Sponsors will have exclusive networking opportunities to interact 500+ professionals from across the state.

Check out our lineup of keynote presenters 

New to North Dakota Survey

In order to capture information on how people are finding out about ND and ND opportunities, we are asking you to share the “New to North Dakota Survey” with any new employees who relocated to our state in 2015 and 2016. The survey is brief and simple and will be used to gather data to help measure the success of the Find the Good Life in North Dakota initiative. Finally, we ask that you please share the survey with other HR professionals in your organization for them to disseminate in order to collect as much information as possible.  

New to North Dakota Survey

Reasons to Attend Hiring Our Heroes Job Fairs

Launched in 2011 by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Hiring Our Heroes, is a nationwide initiative to help veterans, transitioning services members, and military spouses find employment opportunities. To date, more than 27,200 veterans and spouses have obtained jobs through the Hiring Our Heroes events.

Heidi Collison, talent specialist with Altru Health System, was among three North Dakota employers that made the trip to San Antonio to attend an event held on Joint Base San Antonio in December. “I made a connection with a gentleman who has an extensive background in a department that is really difficult for us to recruit in. We have a perfect spot coming open that I hope he applies for.” said Collison. 

Three reasons to attend a Hiring Our Heroes recruitment event:
  1. There are a large amount of diversified applicants to visit with, interview and perhaps, offer a position. Read the Veteran Advantage to learn how military members can provide a unique work experience.
  2. North Dakota has made an impression on the staff that organizes the events. After attending three events in 2016, the organizers are aware of the large number of job opportunities available in North Dakota. They have extended invitations to attend future events regionally, nationally, and internationally.
  3. Approximately, one-third of service members will stay near their last military installation after they retire. Two-thirds will leave and move elsewhere. Develop a pipeline for your coworkers by engaging with possible future employees at these events.
Do you have more questions about Hiring Our Heroes? Visit FAQ to gain a better understanding of these transitional summits.

AmeriCorps Project Spotlight: Youthworks

0americorps.jpgYouthworks of Bismarck and Fargo, uses approximately 25 AmeriCorps members annually to provide direct services to at-risk youth and homeless young adults. Members provide one-to-one mentoring, small group mentoring, homework assistance and supervision to clients served by the agency. Youthworks offers excellent training, flexible scheduling and a supportive work environment. If interested in being a Member at Youthworks, please contact Jessica Fleck in Fargo at 701-232-8558 or Lauren Bosch in Bismarck at 701-202-9889 to schedule a time to visit the office and talk about what AmeriCorps has to offer.

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