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Business-Matched Sponsorship Program (Oakes Enhancement, Inc.)

Program Overview

This program will assist area businesses with recruitment efforts to attract and retain a skilled workforce. By incentivizing individuals to connect with a local employer, secure sponsorship for continued education, and [upon successful completion] return to the Oakes community for gainful employment.

Funding Terms

Oakes Enhancement, Inc. will provide a one-time matched sponsorship of up to $2,500 per individual. Approved funds will be awarded to the employer, to be combined with their matching contribution and sent to the appropriate college or university. OEI must receive a copy of the signed agreement between the Business and Individual, confirming the sponsorship and terms of the agreement. Funds committed to the program, will not exceed $15,000 at any given time.

Eligibility Requirements

·         Business must be a member of Oakes Enhancement, Inc.

·         Business must be located within 10 miles of Oakes (ND) city limits, unless otherwise approved.

·         Sponsored individual must be seeking postsecondary credentials at a public or private college or university.

·         If the sponsored individual does not successfully complete the program or chooses not to return to the Oakes Community upon graduation, the grant will convert to a loan (see repayment terms detailed on application).

How to Apply

·         Prior to application, business and student should have completed a sponsorship agreement outlining expectations and commitments.

·         Sponsoring Business will complete the Business-Matched Community Sponsorship Application and submit to Emily Ptacek (

·         Submitted applications will be reviewed at the next regularly scheduled OEI Board Meeting.

**Business-Matched Sponsorship Application with additional Program details**


North Dakota New Jobs Training Program

ND New Jobs Training Program offers incentives to primary sector businesses that are creating new Full-Time positions through business expansion, creation and/or relocation to the state. Funding is provided to help offset the cost of training new employees.

·         Online access to the ND New Jobs Training system can be found at:

Operation Intern 

Operation Intern is administered by the North Dakota Department of Commerce, with a goal of expanding the number of new internship, work experience opportunities, and apprenticeship positions with North Dakota employers.


Internships provide a valuable way for students to make connections with businesses while identifying career options in North Dakota.  Operation Intern is a grant program, designed to expand the number of internships, work experience and apprenticeship positions with North Dakota employers. The focus of the program is the creation of new internships and apprenticeships within the state’s targeted industries. Priority will be given to new startups, companies who have never participated in the program, and new internship or apprenticeship positions.

For the 2019-21- biennium, the ND Legislature awarded Operation Intern $855,000. Employers can access up to $4,000 of matching funds for each student with a maximum of 5 interns per funding window.

Business Eligibility

The primary focus of the Operation Intern program is private sector businesses in one of the targeted industries:  Energy, Advanced Manufacturing, Value-Added Agriculture, Tourism and Technology-Based Businesses, to include Cybersecurity. Funding may also be granted for other in demand occupations, such as healthcare. In demand occupations will be determined using Job Service of North Dakota’s listing. Government entities and charitable non-profits do not qualify for the program.

Employers must select/hire students who meet one of the following criteria to be eligible:

·         Be a High School Junior or Senior; or

·         Be enrolled in a ND college or university taking at least 6 credits during the internship or the semester prior to the internship; or

·         Be enrolled in a registered apprenticeship program

Applications will be accepted from May 1- May 17, 2019. To apply, click here.

·         Program Guidelines

ND In Demand Occupations as reported by Job Service ND. 


Workforce Training provides customized training for corporations and organizations, as well as open-enrollment training for individuals. They work with employers to provide a comprehensive needs assessment and customized curriculum/training program to meet their specific needs.    

Whether you’re training IT professionals, managers, welders– or any worker – TrainND can help develop the skills you need at all levels. Their comprehensive, customized adult learning and employee training allows ND businesses to maintain a well-trained workforce to stay competitive in today's marketplace.

If you're interested in finding out more about classes and training options available, please reach out to Karla Hoelscher for local support. 

Karla Hoelscher

Training Account Executive

Workforce Affairs Division



Internship Employment Credit

An individual, estate, trust, partnership, corporation, or limited liability company is allowed an income tax credit for employing an individual under an internship program in North Dakota. The credit is equal to 10% of the compensation paid to the intern. This credit is allowed for up to five interns employed at the same time. An employer is allowed no more than $3,000 of credits for all tax years.

·         2017/2018 Tax Incentives for Businesses Brochure


 State Job Boards

·         Job Service North Dakota

o   Reference Guide for Employer use.


NDSU Employer Resources

·         NDSU Internship Program

·         Job Posting - CAREERlink

·         On-Campus Interviews

·         Employer Presentations (all sessions schedule by Career Center)

·         Faculty Luncheons

·         In-Class Presentations

·         Hosting/Presenting at Student Organization Meetings

Contact Employer Engagement Team: for additional assistance or scheduling.

2019 Spring Career Fair

Tuesday, Feb 5 from 1 – 4 p.m. | Wednesday, Feb 6 from 10 - 2 p.m.

The Career Expo is a two day event. Day one is geared toward students majoring in Business, Agriculture and Liberal Arts disciplines.  Day two is geared toward students majoring in Engineering, Design, Science and Technology disciplines.

The Career Expo provides an excellent opportunity to connect with students to discuss or interview for current and/or future career-related employment and co-op/internship opportunities. Last year, over 250 employers and 1,300 students and alumni attended this event.

Part-Time & Summer Jobs Fair

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 from 11 – 2 p.m.

The Part-time and Summer Jobs Fair is an annual event and provides an excellent opportunity to connect employers with students to discuss or interview for current part-time and summer job opportunities. Registration opens January 2, 2019, Registrant Information

NDSCS Employer Resources

·         Online Job Posting

·         Career Fair

·         Cooperative Education

·         Student Sponsorship


2019 Spring Career Fair

NDSCS Career Fair will be held on Wednesday, February 27 from 10 - 1 p.m. in the Clair T. Blikre Activities Center. Interview spaces may be reserved ahead of time if you wish to interview potential candidates same-day.  

Students are invited from all academic programs. To find out more about the various academic programs offered at NDSCS, please click here.

Click here to register for the 2019 NDSCS Career Fair. 


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Oakes, North Dakota

(701) 742-3508

501 Main Ave Oakes, ND 58474

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