Hoeven: EDA Awards CARES Act Funding to Build Career Workforce Academy in Fargo

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) has awarded $1.5 million to North Dakota State College of Science (NDSCS) Foundation. This funding, made available through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, will be matched with local investments to build the Career Workforce Academy in Fargo and is expected to create more than 100 jobs. Last year, the senator urged EDA Regional Director Angela Martinez to support the project, stressing the Red River Valley’s role as a hub of tech entrepreneurship and the need for skilled labor to further expand and diversify the region’s economy. 

“Building the new Career Workforce Academy in Fargo will expand access to career and technical training for students in the region, providing them with the opportunity to develop in-demand skills and earn a head start on their careers,” said Senator Hoeven. “Additionally, this effort will further assist with the economic recovery from COVID-19 across the region by helping businesses attract and retain skilled employees. North Dakota depends on trained, motivated, hard-working individuals to support our economy, and we appreciate EDA investing these CARES Act funds into our state.”             

“This award will enable NDSCS and our K-12 partners to work together to make the Career Workforce Academy a reality in Fargo,” said Dr. John Richman, President of NDSCS. “This proven model will provide opportunities for learners of all ages by enhancing career awareness, allowing for career exploration and creating seamless career pathways. This is a win-win for our students and our region’s economy, we appreciate Senator Hoeven’s advocacy for this award.”