University of Mary receives $2 million in Workforce Development Initiative


The University of Mary receives a $2 million dollar check to create jobs in North Dakota.

It received a check from Energy Transfer Partners to kick off its Workforce Development Initiative.

The University of Mary is leading the program and the goal of the initiative is to develop a curriculum that will create jobs for locals. 

The university will collaborate with organizations to conduct a survey to determine how and where higher education can best serve workforce needs. 

The money will go towards conducting the research, hiring staff and more.  

“We have so many open jobs and it is a question on how we can attract and retain qualified workforce here in North Dakota. So, we will be engaging in a process where we are interviewing all kinds of business leaders to see what the real pain points are. We have a sense that there is a great need for nurses, engineers, and skilled workforce of various kinds. But we want to be data driven about it,” said Monsignor Shea, President of University of Mary. 

The research will start immediately and is expected to be done in late spring. 

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