The last mile: How agencies and companies are connecting workers with energy jobs

 Oct 02 2018
Time was, a student could graduate from high school on Sunday, then wake up on Monday to the promise of a good-paying job.

And a big part of people’s yearning for the Good Old Days is the memory of those jobs.

But in the energy industry (among other fields) in the Prairie Business region, these are the good old days. With one key difference: today, the graduation likely must be from technical school.

That stipulated, the description is spot-on. Graduates in 2018 absolutely can pick up their certificate or associate’s degree on Sunday, then wake up on Monday to the promise of an exceptional job.

“We are seeing a high demand in all sectors of the industry,” said Alicia Uhde, department chair for the National Energy Center of Excellence at Bismarck State College in Bismarck, N.D.

The center trains students to be instrumentation and control technicians, renewable energy technicians and lineworkers, among other fields.

“Graduates of some programs are being offered $25 to $30 an hour with no problem, and some are getting even more,” Uhde said.


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