Tribal College Apprenticeship Program set to address North Dakota workforce shortage

Photo by: Governor Doug Burgum - Facebook
Photo by: Governor Doug Burgum - Facebook

(Bismarck, ND) -- A new apprenticeship program is set to begin in January for graduates of tribal colleges in North Dakota.

Governor Doug Burgum and the North Dakota Tribal College system announced the program Friday. The 12-million dollar investment by Hess Corporation will provide tuition assistance, stipends, and other support over the next four years for establishing apprenticeships in various industries.

“Public-private partnerships can be transformative, and the program being launched is another great example of our state’s private-sector partners believing and investing in the future of North Dakota,” said Burgum in a statement released to WDAY Radio. “With this announcement, Hess, Nabors, and Halliburton are providing essential resources for our tribal colleges to invest in students in a way that can spark generational change and empower people, improve lives and inspire success.”

Halliburton and Nabors Industries as set to invest one million each toward the effort.