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UTTC Incorporates Demand Program

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As the oil industry shows no signs of slowing down, neither do the jobs.

The United Tribes Technical College is offering hands on training through a new program to help native Americans land high paying jobs.

Stephanie Scheurer has the details.

 

Job opportunities.

Something that North Dakota is known for...and the demand continues.

However, some engineering firms are having a hard time finding enough qualified workers.

That's where the Demand Program comes in.

"So we're recruiting them, we're training them, then the last part of it is to place them. So we're establishing a relationship with industry partners. How do we get these individuals to work and what are the industry partners looking for. So we tailor the training to what is wanted in an individual. And what we're finding is they like cross-trained individuals," says Dave Archambault, Director of Demand Program.

The United Tribes Technical College is one of four colleges throughout North Dakota and Montana that have incorporated the Demand Project.

It offers short term training in construction technology, electrical, heavy equipment, truck driving, GIS, and welding.

What may normally be learned in one to two years, is condensed into 16 weeks.

"We assist in giving them job placement. We can do an outreach of contacts to employment in the area and the related job search will put them right in the driver's seat of these corporations," says Bear Gallineaux, CDL Program Director/Instructor.

The project has already reached out to students of all ages who are eager to get out into the workforce.

"I know there's a lot of job opportunities in welding and I wanted to get like a really good job in Bismarck here," says Jarvis Bearstail, Welding Student.

"The jobs. Basically job stability."

"But we also know that there's a huge population that's sitting idle. So we're trying to start a fire underneath them, get them ready so that they can take advantage of this," says Archambault.

A fire that will hopefully spark into a successful future.

In Bismarck for KX News, I'm Stephanie Scheurer.

The UTTC program still has space to fill.

For more information on the Demand Project, you can visit their website at www.demandworkforce.com

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