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Workforce Development
Workforce Matters 12.2016
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.

Minnkota Participates in the Northern Valley Career Expo

Minnkota Power Cooperative participated in the fifth annual Northern Valley Career Expo on Wednesday, Nov. 2, at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks.
The Northern Valley Career Expo is designed to introduce sophomore high school students to career opportunities in northwest Minnesota and northeast North Dakota. 

Minnkota Power Cooperative believes the expo is a great opportunity to explain the number of careers in the energy industry. Employees participating in the career fair represented lineworkers, electricians, engineering, human resource and administrative assistants. Presentations on cybersecurity and careers in energy were also provided.

Students from 33 area high schools toured over 130 hands-on exhibit booths set engage students’ interests in pursing career opportunities in the region. In addition to the showcase, students attend two of 22 available presentations from area professionals on career fields.

Other careers represented included human services, communications, business, health sciences, manufacturing, engineering, agriculture and technology. 

Partnership Helps Ex-Offenders

bsc.pngWelding two pieces of metal together makes a structure stronger. The welding program provided by Bismarck State College (BSC) Continuing Education to inmates of the Missouri River Correctional Center (MRCC) in Bismarck makes the community stronger by giving inmates skills to be productive citizens upon release. 

Since its inception in 2009, 180 students have graduated from the program. Of those, 82 percent are employed in the field, and graduates boast a 3 percent recidivism rate. Only three students have ever dropped out of the program, and every graduate has achieved certification.

“The recidivism rate is unheard of,” says Sara Vollmer, BSC Director of Continuing Education. “The goal was to provide these men with a skill that they can make a living with, and the results show that’s what happens.”
In 2008, when BSC and the North Dakota Department of Corrections first brainstormed ways to provide relevant workforce training to inmates, the oil industry was ramping up, creating an even higher demand for welders. A workforce enhancement grant along with money set aside by the Governor funded a welding trailer, curriculum development, welding simulators and other equipment.

Five classes are held each year with six students per class. The students, who must apply for the program, are certified in shielded metal arc welding and gas metal arc welding.

For several of the graduates, one of their first jobs is with O’Day Tank and Steel. The company, located near a half-way house in Fargo, serves former MRCC inmates and hires a number of the graduates. “That’s been a great partnership – O’Day hires them and the men get experience in a manufacturing setting,” Vollmer says.

Fargo Students Connect at Manufacturing Day

The Greater Fargo Moorhead Economic Development Corporation partnered with local manufacturing companies and colleges to organize its fifth tour of manufacturing event.  The event was held on October Fargomanufacturingday.JPG7th, 2016 with more than 130 students touring up to four area manufacturing companies.  The participating companies included:  Appareo, Doosan Bobcat, Caterpillar Reman, Integrity Windows & Doors, Fargo Automation, Spectrum Areomed and Trail King Industries. 

The GFMEDC started organizing tours in 2013 after a manufacturing-focused committee discussed using the tours to engage students and promote the opportunities available in the manufacturing industry.   The goal is to allow young women and men to observe the manufacturing environments dispelling any myths that manufacturing is dark, dirty and dangerous. 

The GFMEDC organizes the tours in partnership with local manufacturing companies, North Dakota State College of Science and Minnesota State Community and Technical College. The GFMEDC also received support from Impact Dakota to help with event costs. 

In 2016, the Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo mayors signed proclamations declaring October 7th, 2016 as Manufacturing Day. 

For more information, contact Lisa Gulland-Nelson, V. President, Marketing and Public Relations.

Hiring Veterans: Working with a Team who can Help.

jsnd.jpgJob Service North Dakota has a Veterans’ Employment Team that understands the many transitions veterans experience as they transition from military to civilian life. This team is trained and ready to provide one-on-one assistance to help veterans and employers work through employment barriers.

One of the biggest hurdles veterans face is “selling” their military experience to a civilian employers who may not understand military lingo. The Veterans’ Employment Team helps translate military skills and experience into civilian terms so employers can understand all the veteran has to offer and how those skills can translate to job duties.

In addition, the Veterans’ Employment Team can:
  • Provide labor market information
  • Offer career guidance and planning
  • Make referrals to training opportunities
  • Offer resume writing and interview techniques training
  • Help apply for the Work Opportunity Tax credit (WOTC)
Veterans and eligible spouses of Veterans receive access, on a priority of service basis, to a full range of employment and training services Job Service North Dakota offers.

Take advantage of the expansive and knowledgeable network of support service resources they have to offer. Visit jobsnd.com/veterans to find a Team member near you. 

Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation for National and Community Service visits N.D.

North Dakota welcomed Wendy Spencer, Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) in November. Spencer presented at an AmeriCorps members training for IMG_0569.JPGNorth Dakota Reading Corps program in Fargo. She also visited the North Dakota Department of Commerce, First Lady Betsy Dalrymple and commissioners from the North Dakota State Commission on National and Community Service to discuss volunteerism and community service.

Spencer visited YouthWorks to meet with new AmeriCorps members and Alums. She swore in new AmeriCorps members and learned more about the service YouthWorks and AmeriCorps members are providing to the community.

This was Spencer’s first visit to North Dakota as CEO of CNCS.

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