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By Andrew Wernette, The Dickinson Press
In front of an audience of high school teachers from all the over the state, Kent Ellis of the Energy Career Awareness Partnership said that, for high school graduates, getting a standard four-year university education doesn’t necessarily mean that one acquires adequate skills for the workplace.
Rather, he said, getting a two-year technical degree can be worth more in the Bakken region.
“I would tell every one of the students to seek a two-year degree,” Ellis said.
He was one of many presenters at a teachers’ seminar on the state’s energy industry put on by the North Dakota Petroleum Council. The event was held June 22-25 at Bismarck State College.
Teachers came to improve their knowledge of the oil industry and also to bring that knowledge back to the classroom. Many attended the event for their own benefit rather than being sent by their respective schools.