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Watford City: Workforce Graduates

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Lucrative jobs in the Bakken oil patch are NOT interfering with graduation rates.

That's according Watford City Superintendent Steve Holen.

He says most oil companies require a diploma and that has kept drop out rates stable in the district.

(Steve Holen, Superintendent Watford City Schools) "The oil industry has tried to help a little with that because I know they do want high school graduates now. That's probably a little bit of a change from the 80s toward where the industry has gone. It's an issue. One that we're seeing progress with. We're really seeing kids graduate but probably less to higher ed and more to the workforce than in the past."

Holen says the greater problem for students graduating on time tends to come from transferring credits from another school.

There are 38 states represented in the Watford City district and education levels can vary.

The district has embraced the Common Core education model and Holen says the 'concept makes sense' and could help schools with high inter-state transfer rates like Watford City.

He also says there are 'logistic challenges' in the implementation of Common Core.

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