Education & Workforce
Mandan will invest in its existing and future labor force to ensure local businesses thrive and workers
earn competitive wages.
Strained labor force dynamics
at the national level due to the aging Baby Boomer generation, national immigration policies, and declining educational attainment
levels more severely impact communities and states affected by outmigration. Because economic growth is largely a function
of having qualified workers to fill local jobs, the strongest communities are those that invest in education and commit to
developing and maintaining a well-trained workforce. Mandan has a strong reputation for providing quality public education
opportunities and for the commitment and work ethic of its labor force. Continuing to support and enhance these existing strengths
are key parts of this Vision Plan because families, workers, and the businesses they support are the backbone of any community.
- 2012 Action Plan -
• Work to secure a portion of funding or to benefit from Hess Corporation grant in
support of standards-based education. This effort will be in conjunction with the Regional Education Association and Missouri
River Educational Cooperative.
• Provide additional incentive and support for dual credit opportunities for Mandan
High School students.
• Look into potential for student internship opportunities.
• Continue to work with
the Mandan business community to recognize and provide incentives to students for academic achievement.
K-16 System: Provide the capacity to ensure that existing
and future K-12 programming is available to meet the full spectrum of student needs. Maximize the potential of Bismarck State,
University of Mary, United Tribes Technical College, Rasmussen College North Dakota, and other workforce development resources.
Funding: Pursue strategies to augment available funding for local
Talent Recruitment: Support state and regional efforts to attract and retain young professionals
in North Dakota.
Dave Clark, Chair
Dr. Kevin Fishbeck
Mike Bitz, Staff