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North Dakota
North Dakota Career Resource Network

Program Goals and Emphasis

The primary goal of the North Dakota Career Resource Network (NDCRN) is to provide career planning and development resources to educators, counselors and training program planners.

State Economic Profile

Economic and Environmental Profile

Key industries include agriculture, manufacturing, wholesale trade and distribution, mining, business services, tourism, health services, retail trade, finance, insurance and real estate, and information technology. Retail trade and health care and social assistance provide the largest employment. The state is targeting sectors such as technology, aerospace, value-added agriculture, energy, advanced manufacturing and tourism.

The January 2006 unemployment rate was 3.1%, as compared to 3.2% in April 2005.
Key Economic Sectors

• Agriculture
• Financial Activities
• Government
• Health Care & Social Assistance
• Manufacturing
• Retail Trade

State Career Resource Activities

Highlighted Activities

• The NDCRN Web site was totally revised to not only bring it into ADA compliance, but also make it easier to navigate. Over the past year, the site has had approximately 200,000 hits. The Web site is being used for all workshop announcements and registrations, to provide faster and more accurate services.

• North Dakota is approaching the goal of having 100% of high school students with electronic career portfolios.

• Teacher summer externships were offered through a summer class for classroom teachers. They visited local businesses, identifying the foundation and employability skills used in those settings. They then integrated these skills into their existing curriculum and tie them to academic standards.

• The NDCRN office worked with several education professionals around the state to assist in establishing local chapters of Future Educators. This was pursued in an effort to encourage more students to consider education as a career path option.
Primary Activities and Trainings

North Dakota has conducted the following activities and trainings:
• Career Clusters Training
• Career Fairs
• Conference Presentations
• Choices Explorer Training
• Choices Planner Training
• Education After 4
• Facilitating Career Development
• Future Educators Association
• Service on Advisory Councils
• Supply Demand Matrix Training
• Teacher Summer Externships
• Tool Kit Workshops
Career Information Delivery Systems (CIDS)

CIDS are computer-based systems providing local, state, and national information about careers and employment opportunities. State sites for CIDS include:

Elementary Schools67
Middle Schools 31
High Schools 200
Community Colleges 5
4-Year Colleges/Universities 3
Other 20

Primary Resources

North Dakota has published the following resources:
• Basic and Work Skills Wall Charts
• Career Development Implementation Tool Kit (grades 6, 8, & 10)
• Career Development Portfolios
• State Licensed Occupations Guide
• Career Outlook User Guide - CD
• Career Tabloids
• Real Game
• Parent Brochures

Program Funding and Partnerships

Other Funding Sources

The program receives additional funding from the following sources:
• State of North Dakota
Significant Program Partnerships

NDCRN is an inter-agency organization of:
Department of Public Instruction, Department of Commerce, Department of Higher Education, Department of Vocational Rehabilitation, Workforce Development Council, Job Service North Dakota, Student Loans of North Dakota at Bank of North Dakota, and Career and Technical Education.

Resource Allocation

Contact Information

State Contact

Project Director
Dan Marrs
North Dakota Career Resource Network
1720 Burnt Boat Drive - Suite 102
PO Box 5507
Bismarck, ND 58506-5507
Phone: (701) 328-9733
Fax: (701) 328- 9731
e-mail: [email protected]
Web Site:
State Administrative Location


Regional Contact Information