North Dakota Energy Spotlight – Education/Workforce/Training
• Job Service North Dakota data shows that in June 2011, an estimated 21,667 workers were in direct or support positions for the industries of oil and gas extraction, coal mining, utilities and pipeline transportation, with an estimated annual wage of $90,597. These statistics do not reflect employment or wages in ancillary businesses or industries working in the energy field, such as trucking, construction, engineering, manufacturing and repair services.
• Bismarck State College hosts the National Energy Center of Excellence (NECE), home to many nationally-recognized energy industry degree and training programs.
• NECE enrollments make up roughly one-fourth of the Bismarck State College student body, and students can complete programs on campus or online using the center’s world-class lab equipment, online simulations, animations and real-time lab sessions.
• The NECE works with regional and national energy industries to offer training options in maintaining certification/training requirements, educating new hires and to supplement existing training programs.
• Bismarck State College’s bachelor’s degree of Applied Science in Energy Management was ranked the seventh most affordable online management degree in the nation by GedEducated.com, a consumer group that publishes online college rankings and online university ratings.
• In 2011, 383 students graduated from nine programs offered through the NECE (listed below). Of those graduates that responded to the Bismarck State College Career Services survey, 97 percent of the graduates were employed and earning a salary typically ranging from $20-40 per hour.
Those programs are:
Electrical Transmission Systems
Bachelor of Applied Science in Energy Management
Instrumentation & Control
Renewable Generation (began Fall 2010)
Petroleum Production (began Fall 2011)
Water & Wastewater Technician (begins Fall 2012)
• Other North Dakota colleges and universities offering energy courses and related training programs are Lake Region State College, Minot State University, North Dakota State College of Science, North Dakota State University, University of North Dakota and Williston State College.
• The Energy & Environmental Research Center in Grand Forks was established is a nonprofit branch of the University of North Dakota that conducts research, development, demonstration and commercialization activities. Their team consists of more than 320 scientists, engineers and support personnel.
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