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Published January 21, 2014, 01:54 PM

Commerce awards tribal college grant to Cankdeska Cikana Community College for workforce development

BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota Department of Commerce announced a $488,500 tribal college grant for Cankdeska Cikana Community College located on the Spirit Lake Dakota reservation in Fort Totten, ND. The grant will support Cankdeska Cikana Community College efforts to develop a student entrepreneurial center. The funds will also assist with development costs for instructor training and certification in business development.

By: WDAZ Staff Reports, WDAZ

BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota Department of Commerce announced a $488,500 tribal college grant for Cankdeska Cikana Community College located on the Spirit Lake Dakota reservation in Fort Totten, ND. The grant will support Cankdeska Cikana Community College efforts to develop a student entrepreneurial center. The funds will also assist with development costs for instructor training and certification in business development.

“Tribal colleges in North Dakota continue to serve a critical role across our state in providing education and training needed to help fulfill student’s career goals,” North Dakota Commerce Commissioner Al Anderson said. “This tribal college grant will increase the colleges’ capacity to prepare students for our growing statewide economy. Workforce development continues to be a major focus as we work to create more good jobs and diversify our economy.”

The Legislature authorized $5 million in workforce development grants for tribally controlled community colleges. The grants support degree- or certificate-granting programs that qualify students to earn highly recruited jobs in the state. They also provide assistance to students to establish new businesses operating within North Dakota that will employ North Dakotans.

The Department of Commerce administers the grants through an application process. Recipients report back to the Department on several factors including expenditures, number of students assisted, graduation rates, new or improved training or other programs leading to a certificate or degree, job placement rates, rate of students assisted who seek further educational opportunities, and the number of jobs or businesses created.

The North Dakota Department of Commerce works to improve the quality of life for North Dakota citizens by leading efforts to attract, retain and expand wealth. Commerce serves businesses and communities statewide through committed people and partners who offer valuable programs and dynamic services.

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