Governor Burgum visits Williston State College

Published: May. 8, 2018 at 11:22 PM CDT
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North Dakota leaders made a visit to Williston State College to listen to students and staff and get their ideas on his Main Street Initiative.

"It's important for the governor to not only hear our story and to find out what the needs are, but also to see the community and the college and the sort of things we do and what we're about," said John Miller, Williston State College president/VP of academic affairs.

Governor Doug Burgum says having a skilled workforce, smart-efficient infrastructure and healthy-vibrant communities are what North Dakota strives for.

"Everybody in this part of the state understands how important that is because there is so many jobs that are open right now up here not just Bakken related but whether it's in education, healthcare or transportation," said Burgum.

Education plays a critical role for private companies in the Northwest because a lot of training is required for its employees.

"It's nontraditional, it's not a four-year degree. It might be a certificate, it might be night classes or a two week program for CDL training but it's what the industry needs and Williston State Train ND are being very responsive," said Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford.

He added that improvement projects such as the new Sloulin Field International Airport help attract potential residents and workers to the area, but he says the focused education to train the workforce plays a huge role in Williston's future growth potential.