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University of Mary gets $2 million workforce program donation

Energy Transfer presents University of Mary President Monsignor James Shea with $2 million check so school can lead workforce development initiative in North Dakota. University of Mary photo

BISMARCK - Energy Transfer donated $2 million to the University of Mary on Tuesday, Jan. 8, as part of the university’s new Workforce Development Initiative, an educational effort to lead to job creation in North Dakota, the school said.

The donation is part of a $5 million package announced last April of which $3 million went to the Mary’s new School of Engineering.

Mary is leading the program and says its collaborating with marketing leaders, employers, higher education facilities, and the Greater North Dakota Chamber to conduct research among a minimum of 50 employers across the state, the school said, to determine how and where higher education can best serve workforce needs.

Research for the project is expected to be completed late spring.

The donation has allowed Mary to hire three full-time positions to meet the demands of workforce development.

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