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9-13-14 Area Briefs

By Staff | Sep 12, 2014

Dealers assoc. announces scholarship funding

The Automobile Dealers Association of North Dakota (ADAND) and North Dakota Implement Dealers Association (NDIDA) announced that they will award $111,000 in scholarship funding for the 2014-15 school year to students interested in dealership careers.

Automobile and farm equipment dealers throughout the state say a growing demand for well-trained automotive and diesel technicians has driven a strong commitment to help potential job candidates get the training they need. While technicians are a particular area of focus, dealers are interested in assisting potential employees in all areas of dealership operations, including sales, service, parts and management.

Since the inception of their scholarship programs in 1999, ADAND and NDIDA have awarded more than 490 scholarships worth more than $500,000 to students throughout the region. The process is dealer driven, with dealers recommending scholarship recipients and funding a portion of the scholarships they recommend. Current scholarship awards average $1,500 per school year and may be renewed over the course of the student’s educational program at a dealer-approved two- or four-year institution.

Students who have an interest in automotive or diesel technology have a particularly promising career path ahead of them as demand for specialists in this area continues to grow, according to ADAND and NDIDA President/CEO Matthew Larsgaard, of Fargo.

“Dealers across the state are hiring well-trained technicians, and offering excellent pay and benefits,” Larsgaard said. “Technician candidates who show talent, interest and commitment will find that dealers are willing to assist them with their education. If they’re a good fit, it’s likely they’ll have a great job waiting for them after graduation.”

More information about careers with North Dakota’s automobile and farm equipment dealerships is available in the Career Center at adand.com or ndida.com.

– ADAND and NDIDA

State receives $1 million plus

BISMARCK – The U.S. Department of Justice is awarding four grants totaling more than $1 million to North Dakota programs, U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., said Sept. 3. The funding is awarded as follows:

– The Tribal Judicial Institute at the University of North Dakota School of Law will receive $600,000 to help Indian tribes develop their justice systems and respond to critical needs.

– The North Dakota Office of the Attorney General will receive $453,800 to support a data-sharing program between state, local and tribal criminal justice systems, and an additional $15,120 to assist in funding the North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation auditing project.

– The Bank of North Dakota will receive a $30,467 grant to provide loan repayment assistance to encourage qualified attorneys to choose careers as prosecutors.

– Office of Rep. Cramer

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