higher education

Prairie Public file

Gov. Doug Burgum has made 14 appointments to the Higher Education Governance Task Force.

Among the 14 are four state Legislators.

Sen. Brad Bekkedahl (R-Williston) said he applied to be on the task force because higher education is important to the northwestern part of North Dakota.  Bekkedahl said he has no preconceived notions about governance.

"The model last changed about 80 years ago," Bekkedahl said. "It's probably not a bad thing to look at it."

Bekkedahl said it doesn't mean there will be changes. But he said there could be down the road.

Community colleges working to train energy workforce

Nov 14, 2012

Five North Dakota state and tribal colleges are sharing in a federal grant to create the “Trend” consortium.

“Trend” stands for “Training for Regional Energy in North Dakota.” It’s funded by a $14.6 million grant from the US Department of Labor. The colleges – including Bismarck State College, Williston State College, Fort Berthold Community College, Sitting Bull College and the Turtle Mountain Community College, are participating in the “Trend” consortium.