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Tribal Community Colleges To Receive $5 Million In Workforce Development

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An innovative idea whose time has finally come.  That's the message of North Dakota lawmakers and tribal college leadership with their new partnership designed to grow the economy even further. 

In passing Senate bill 2218, the legislature authorizes five million dollars in workforce development grants for tribal community colleges.  "We are not going to move even to a higher level with our number one economy in this State, we are not going to do that when we are not accessing all of the talent, all of the skill, all of the industry of every North Dakotan," says Lieutenant Governor Drew Wrigley (R-ND).  

"I really look at this as a model of a relationship between a tribal entity, a tribal governance part, and how they do business -- government to government -- with the State of North Dakota," says Scott Davis, Commissioner, North Dakota Indian Affairs Commission.  The money will support programs producing students qualified to fill highly-recruited jobs in North Dakota.  It will also provide assistance for students opening new businesses employing North Dakotans.  

The goal is to reduce poverty and unemployment.  Tribal colleges say they'll report back in two years with student success stories.  

 

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