North Dakota Workforce Development Council Submits Recommendations

20 Nov 2018

On October 25, 2018, Governor Doug Burgum received an extensive report of recommendations designed to assist in shaping the state’s workforce policy agenda for addressing North Dakota’s workforce shortage and supporting a 21st century workforce to meet current and future needs.  The report was a result of wide-ranging efforts by the Governor’s Workforce Development Council (WDC) which is a culmination of eleven months of intense effort by the WDC, coordinated by state Labor Commissioner and Executive Director of Job Service North Dakota Michelle Kommer.

A key theme of the report is the need to address the technical skills gap by developing a stronger connection between education and industry to ensure earlier career exposure for students; aligning skills and credentials with employers’ needs; developing more work-based learning opportunities for students; and expanding technical education opportunities. 

NDSCS looks forward to working with key leaders across North Dakota to implement the workforce recommendations during the 2019-21 legislative session to ease the state’s workforce shortage. For more information or interest on how to get more involved, please contact me via email at:

Tony Grindberg
Vice President for Workforce Affairs