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  • Bakken U Scholarship Helps Student Further EducationJanuary 19, 2017

    By Alison Kelly | [email protected]

    During the oil downturn, a number of individuals have been laid off and lost their jobs. But some are using the opportunity to go back to school and add new skills sets to their tool box.
    “Petroleum is advancing with technology. The rigs, they walk. They move by themselves,” says Anna Hayes, a student at Williston State College.
    And sometimes, you have to advance yourself right along with them. After being laid off from her job in the oil industry, Anna Hayes decided to go back to school.
    This year, Hayes was one of five Williston State College students to receive the Bakken U scholarship, which helps current or displaced oil industry workers with their continuing education.
    “I believe things are opening up again so I think that with a little more confidence in myself, I’ll be fine,” says Hayes.