What sets workforce training apart from typical higher education courses? Workforce training through TrainND is oriented toward serving the training needs of business and industry, and often involves customized and contracted training by specific companies or organizations. In short, TrainND is helping North Dakota businesses maintain a competitive advantage. TrainND is offered through four community colleges separated by region: North Dakota State College of Science, Bismarck State College, Lake Region State College and Williston State College.
Since its creation in 2000, TrainND has served 21,000 businesses with more than 170,000 participants. From 2000 to 2012, the TrainND program maintained an outstanding 98.8 percent client satisfaction rating. That rate has risen to 99 percent in FY 2013.
The TrainND program has proved its worth four times over. For every $1 the state invested in TrainND in 2013, the return on that investment was $4.10. The program generated $6.146 million in training revenue that year.
All this has been possible through collaboration with stakeholders. In an effort to reach the business community, TrainND has formed valuable partnerships with:
- Industry (energy, health care, manufacturing)
- State agencies (Department of Commerce, Job Service, Small Business Association, Career and Technical Education)
- Tribal colleges
- Local economic developers
- Local Chambers of Commerce
TrainND held its 2014 Summit recently to plot the course for the future of the program. Summit participants determined that, overall, the TrainND operational model is working. However, to improve collaboration and cohesiveness between the regions, a request has been made for a new NDUS position to serve as the TrainND Statewide Coordinator.
For more information on the TrainND program, visit http://trainnd.com.