BISMARCK, ND–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The North Dakota Tribal College System (NDTCS) today announced a new apprenticeship program developed in partnership with Hess Corporation to improve educational and employment opportunities for Native Americans in North Dakota.
Over the next four years, Hess will invest $12 million to provide tuition assistance, stipends, and other supports for creating apprenticeships in a variety of industries designed by each of the five tribal colleges in the region. state based on the local labor market and the needs of their tribal communities. Halliburton and Nabors Industries will each invest $1 million in the new apprenticeship program.
Following the “earn and learn” model of the apprenticeship program currently in place at Lake Region State College, the new statewide program will provide tribal college students with on-the-job skills training through college studies, internships, and apprenticeships as they progress to a two-year degree or technical certification, with the option of earning a bachelor’s or master’s degree depending on the apprenticeship position and the place. The new apprenticeship program is expected to start in January 2023.
Speaking at the State Capitol at a ceremony commemorating the announcement, Governor Doug Burgum acknowledged the importance of the new program.
“Public-private partnerships can be transformative, and the program launched today is another great example of our state’s private sector partners believing in and investing in North Dakota’s future,” Governor Burgum said. “With today’s 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. .
Also speaking at the announcement, Cankdeska Cikana (Little Hoop) Community College President Dr Cynthia Lindquist said: “The partnership we are announcing today reflects the tireless efforts of everyone involved over the past 18 months to design a program that serves a traditional education mission while meeting deeper community needs. We are excited to develop new career and workforce opportunities for our young people and are very pleased to have the support of Hess, Nabors, Halliburton and the Governor.
Hess CEO John Hess said:Our company has a long-standing commitment to having a positive social impact in the communities where we operate. We are proud to support the North Dakota Tribal College System in developing a comprehensive program to provide students with educational and employment opportunities that will lead to rewarding careers.
Nabors Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer Jade Strong said, “Nabors is committed to strengthening the communities our employees call home. We are honored to support the NDTCS and advanced educational opportunities that can change lives and launch careers throughout North Dakota.
Halliburton Chairman and CEO Jeff Miller said:As a company with a long history of operations in North Dakota, we view this program as a fantastic way to develop and develop the skills needed for future productivity in the local economy as well as in Halliburton. We are delighted to support the NDTCS and this program.
About the initiative: The project to improve workforce, training and educational opportunities utilizes the Learning Pathway for Native Americans Living in North Dakota through the North Dakota Tribal College System (NDTCS) in partnership with the Lake Region State College (LRSC). Colleges under the NDTCS have identified various apprenticeship programs to consider in areas such as HVAC, Plumbing, Heavy Equipment, Welding, Construction Trades, Automotive Technology, CDL, Carpentry, computer science, nursing and professional positions in colleges.
North Dakota Tribal University System (NDTCS): Licensed by federally recognized tribal governments, tribal colleges in North Dakota teach and preserve culture and language as a component of the school curriculum. Tribal colleges are public, affordable, non-profit post-secondary institutions accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, just like state post-secondary institutions. Tribal Colleges proactively collaborate with the North Dakota University System to enhance the academic experience for students that allows for seamless transfers. More information is available at www.ndtcs.org.
Hess Company (NYSE: HES) is a leading independent global energy company engaged in the exploration and production of crude oil and natural gas. The company is recognized as an industry leader in environmental, social and governance performance and disclosure. More information about Hess Corporation is available at www.hess.com.
Halliburton: Founded in 1919, Halliburton is one of the world’s largest suppliers of products and services to the energy industry. With approximately 45,000 employees, representing 130 nationalities in more than 70 countries, the company helps customers maximize value throughout the reservoir lifecycle – from hydrocarbon location and geological data management, to drilling and formation evaluation, well construction and completion, and production optimization. throughout the life of the asset. Visit the company’s website at www.halliburton.com.
Nabors Industries: Nabors Industries is a leading supplier of advanced technologies to the energy industry. With operations in more than 15 countries, Nabors has established a global network of people, technology and equipment to deploy solutions that deliver safe, efficient and responsible power generation. Building on its core competencies, particularly in drilling, engineering, automation, data science and manufacturing, Nabors aims to innovate the future of energy and enable the transition to a low carbon world. Learn more about Nabors and its leadership in energy technology: www.nabors.com.