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  • New TrainND facility open in WillistonJuly 11, 2015

    By Amy Dalrymple, Forum Communications

    A  new $7.5 million workforce training facility in Williston is complete, filling a demand for oil industry training that remains strong despite a slowdown in drilling.

    The new building for TrainND’s Northwest Center at Williston State College brings the classroom training together with its petroleum simulators and field program, which features a workover rig and other oilfield equipment.

    “We don’t want our instruction to just be classroom stuff,” said CEO Deanette Piesek. “We really think it’s so important because there’s so many people coming to Williston that have never been in the oilfield that they actually get to see some of the equipment.”

    The workforce training program has seen a drop in participants along with the decline in oil activity, but it hasn’t been as significant as some had projected, Piesek said. Continue reading…