Student Session Information

Student Session Information
The 2018 Energy Generation Conference student program is taking place on January 24 and 25, 2018 at the Bismarck Event Center.  This annual event features several hands-on activities related to the energy industry, while giving students from 7th to 12th grade a chance to see what career opportunities relate to the industry and how they can begin their energy career. The events on both days are the same; students need attend only one day.

Students attending will learn about the steps involved in generating electricity- whether through traditional fuel sources such as coal and natural gas, or renewable alternatives like solar and wind.  They’ll follow the process of generation from the coal mines to the transmission lines, and learn about the skills needed for careers along the way.  Students will also have the chance to learn from men and women in the industry and discover how they can become qualified employees in the future.

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This year’s student program again involves numerous hands-on activities relating to power generation, transmission, mechanics, mining, and more.  Students will also be taken on guided tours of the vendor area, where they can meet with industry representatives and learn about career opportunities.  The event is free to students, and lunch is provided, but space is limited.  Please consider bringing students who may be interested in learning about exciting career opportunities in the energy industry in North Dakota!


Keynote address

Students and teachers/counselors participating in the hands-on sessions may also attend the keynote session from 8:30-9:15.  This year's keynote speaker is Brad Livingston.
On any other day, Brad Livingston wouldn’t have been there. But as a dispatcher filling in as a welder’s helper made him happy to be back out in the field.  Brad and a coworker did not follow safety procedures and it changed his life. He lived through two back-to-back explosions and was given only a 5% chance to live. He believed every breath was going to be his last and suffered third degree burns across 63% of his body.
Today, Brad tells his story as a warning against pride, improper perspectives and those ‘time-saving" shortcuts. Join us as Brad and his daughter Kayla Rath tell their stories. You won’t soon forget what happened, “Just a Second Ago.”

The sessions are now full and registration is closed.  Please contact Retha Mattern, NECE Business & Outreach Coordinator, at 701-224-2445 or to be placed on a waiting list.

Daily Student Schedule:

Please arrive at the Event Center and check in prior to 9:30, or prior to 8:00 if attending the keynote address.
8:00-9:30- Opening Comments and Keynote Speaker (Exhibit Hall)
9:30- Opening student welcome and introduction (Arena)
10:00-11:00- Hands-on sessions
11:00-12:00- Vendor Tour
12:00-12:30- Lunch provided
12:30-2:30- Hands-on sessions
2:30- Dismiss

Schedule is subject to change

Please contact Retha Mattern, NECE Business & Outreach Coordinator, at 701-224-2445 or with questions or more information.