Land Board Awards $4 Million to Support Higher Education in Western North Dakota
Posted on 12/18/2013
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Bismarck, N.D. - In an effort to support education in oil and gas counties, the Board of University and School Lands (Land Board) awarded $4 million in grants today to higher education institutions impacted by rapid growth in western North Dakota. These funds were awarded in conjunction with $5.6 million in grants to K-12 schools in that area.
"We are very appreciative of the help of the members of the Land Board and legislature in supporting our oil-impacted colleges and universities," said North Dakota University System Interim Chancellor Larry C. Skogen. "By being good stewards of these funds, our colleges and universities will be able to build upon their already successful programs and continue to improve as we work to provide the best environment possible for our students to live and learn."
Williston State College received $2 million in grants to construct a new building dedicated to workforce training programs and demolish a vacant residence hall. The workforce training building will allow Williston State College to expand training options, better prepare students, and help meet the ever-changing needs of the job market in North Dakota.
Minot State University was awarded a $1 million grant to enhance campus security measures, and Dickinson State University received $981,500 for a campus access control system and to expand and renovate a residence hall.
"These grants, in conjunction with those awarded to K-12 schools, will allow us to focus on educating students from preschool through graduate school, while maintaining a safe and comfortable atmosphere where they can succeed personally and professionally," said Skogen.