RADaR aims to provide a greater number of highly qualified workers in high-demand careers in healthcare and manufacturing industries through apprenticeships, job coaching and other support services.
In 2022, BSC was awarded a $1.6 million dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Strengthening Community Colleges Round 2 Grants. The focus of the grant is to recruit and support diverse, underserved populations; offer expanded experiential learning; prepare students for the workforce; and improve the economy in North Dakota.
Prison Education Programs
Another focus area of the grant is to engage with Job Service North Dakota, the North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and BILTs to build and enhance career pathways for incarcerated individuals and ex-offenders. These partnerships will support apprenticeship pathways for incarcerated individuals. BSC will utilize PLA to give credit toward degree programs for non-credit, industry-recognized credentials. Additionally, Admissions Counselors and Faculty and Professional Advisors will be trained on RAP pathway models for ex-offenders.
Student Success (Wrap-Around Services)
Job Coach connects students with the community and campus resources to support student success.
Support Services & Referrals Provided:
- Financial Counseling
- Tutoring Services
- Career Services
- Resume Building
- Financial Counseling
- Housing Assistance Programs
- Transportation Assistance
- Child Care Services
- Food Pantry Services
- English Language Learner
The grant will build on BSC’s strong relationships with employers and community leaders. Community partners, include the Adult Learning Center and Global Neighbors to support the growing New American population in the state. The F5 Project, a nonprofit that supports ex-offenders, will enhance the partnership with the Department of Corrections so that incarcerated individuals have successful transitions into civilian life and lowered recidivism rates. Employers in the healthcare and automation fields are also involved to ensure that they can help build a pipeline of talent to fill in-demand jobs.
Funded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment Training Administration as authorized by Section 169(c) of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, Grant #CC-38935-22-60-A-38.
Select programs receive funding from the U.S. Department of Labor; therefore, veterans and eligible spouses receive priority of service over non-covered persons. (20 CFR 1010)