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Training for Regional Energy in North Dakota

TREND training for regional energy in north dakota

In 2010, the U.S. Department of Labor started a four-year series of grants to award $500 million to higher education institutions across the country under the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training grant program (TAACCCT). This grant provides funds to expand and improve the institutions' delivery of education and career training programs that can be completed in two years or less.

A unique partnership between five state and tribal institutions in North Dakota, including Williston State College, came together as a consortium and are the fortunate recipients of two of these grants. This group is called the TREND Consortium.

In 2012, TREND partners received $14.6 million to develop new and enhanced curriculum and credentials; redesign program development and delivery systems; and to offer enhanced support services and career navigation. The Consortium's second grant was awarded in 2014 for $9.9 million to build upon the first grant's success and increase enrollment and successful completion of participants. The goals of the second TREND grant focus in three main areas:

TREND Consortium Goals

  1. Increased training and credentialing in four main sectors - oil and gas, utility, transportation, and construction. The consortium is placing an emphasis on career pathways and stackable credentials.
  2. Improved curriculum delivery and providing a flexible, technology-enabled environment.
  3. Increased retention strategies with student support and career exploration services.

Funded by U.S. Department of Labor grant #TC-26460-14-60-A-38
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