21st Century Workforce

North Dakota’s economy is changing, and, now more than ever, a skilled workforce is vital to the success of any company – big or small. In industries like energy, agriculture, healthcare, unmanned aerial systems, biotech, cybersecurity, manufacturing and engineering, we’re seeing the emergence of new solutions built on innovative ideas. Fargo, ND

Supporting efforts include:

  • Giving local control to schools to help their students succeed through innovative education practices and SB2186
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM)
  • Earn college credit while still in high school
  • Project-based learning and public-private partnerships
  • Lifetime learning and workforce training and enhancement
How is your community actively building tomorrow’s workforce? These towns are retooling workforce development and educational programs to keep their economies strong.


The Dakota Nursing Program educates more than 200 future practical nurses and associate degree nurses (two-year registered nurses) each year through four colleges in communities across North Dakota. This program brings the campus directly to communities such as Hazen.


Coal Country Leadership Academy (CCLA) program encourages students to observe and interact with employees from the coal industry to learn about careers and leadership. Approximately 50 to 75 students take part in this program each year. Students from Beulah, Center-Stanton, Hazen, Underwood and Washburn form the CCLA.