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Energizing through Education

The five westernmost colleges and universities of the North Dakota University System (NDUS) form BakkenU. These institutions - Bismarck State College, Dakota College at Bottineau, Dickinson State University, Minot State University, and WSC - offer a one-stop-shop for exploring energy-related programs or hundreds of other exciting offerings. There are numerous credit programs that can help potential students diversify their portfolios. There are also various short-term energy-related training programs offered through TrainND Northwest and TrainND Southwest.

For those interested in energy or energy-related fields, BakkenU has you covered.

WSC & BakkenU

Located in the heart of the Bakken, Williston knows more about the needs of the oilfield workforce than any other city around. WSC is no different and has many degree and certificate options available.

Online/Hybrid Programs
  • Associate of Applied Science/Certificate in Petroleum Technology/Automation
  • Associate of Applied Science/Certificate in Information Technology
CTE Short-Term Training
  • Essentials of Personal & Network Security
  • Introduction to Programmable Logic
Customized Non-credit Training - TrainND Northwest
  • CNA Certified Nursing Assistant - Live/Hybrid
  • Microsoft Office computer classes - Live/Online
  • CPR/First Aid/AED - Live
  • OSHA 10 hour and 30 Hour Safety Training - Live
  • H2S Safety Training - Live
  • 10 Day Novice Crane Training - Live
  • CDL Training - Live
  • NORM/TENORM 40 Hour RSO Training - Live
  • OSHA Numbered Courses - Live
  • Confined Space Entrant/Attendant/Supervisor/Rescue -Live
  • Defensive Driving with Commentary (WSI approved for Employer discount) - Live
  • NCCCO Rigger Certification - Live
  • Certified Crane Operator Preparation Course with Practical Exam/Certification - Live/Online
  • Supervisory/Leadership Training - Live/Online
  • Certificates in Project Management/Data Analysis/Social Media for Business/Account & Finance - Online
  • Certificate in Safety & Health - Live/Online

Scholarship Information

Supported by the WSC Foundation and its endowments, the WSC CTE & BakkenU scholarship was created to support students enrolled in one or more of WSC's CTE programs tied directly to, or in support of, the energy industry sector.


Kenley Nebeker | Regional Director for Technical Programs & Training
p. 701.774.4563

Tanya Vachal | Business Relations & Sales Manager, TrainND Northwest
p. 701.713.3783
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