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Initiatives and Collaborations

North Dakota

Community Action Partnership, North Dakota’s Poverty Fighting Network
Seven Community Action Agencies in North Dakota provide programs and services that empower low-and moderate-income individuals and families to become self-sufficient. This site helps locate Community Action services and additional resources, provide information about low-income populations in North Dakota, and provide information about activities sponsored by Community Action and its Partners.

Job Service of North Dakota
Job Service of North Dakota provides customer-focused services to meet the current and emerging workforce needs of the individuals, businesses, and community leaders within the state.

North Dakota Center for Nursing
The mission of the North Dakota Center for Nursing is to guide the ongoing development of a well-prepared and diverse nursing workforce to meet the needs of the citizens of North Dakota through research, education, recruitment and retention, advocacy and public policy. The Nursing Workforce Research provides a comprehensive list of North Dakota and national research reports and other workforce data links.

North Dakota Department of Career and Technical Education
The State Board for Career and Technical Education, as North Dakota's public workforce education and training delivery system, is committed to providing career awareness, work readiness skills, occupational preparation, and retraining of workers throughout the state. Career and technical education will span all educational levels, providing youth with exploration opportunities and the foundation skills needed to enter the world of work while providing adults with skills needed to enter, re-enter, or advance in the workforce.

North Dakota Department of Commerce - Workforce Development
The Division of Workforce Development is one of the four divisions within Commerce. The Workforce Development Division has a legislated role to 1) Develop and implement the state's talent strategy; 2) Actively monitor local, regional, and national private and public workforce development initiatives; 3) Develop and implement a statewide intelligence coordination strategy, and 4) Support a number of boards and commissions mandated by the Workforce Investment Act and the National and Community Services Act of 1990.

ND United
North Dakota United is the product of the merger of the North Dakota Education Association (NDEA) and the North Dakota Public Employees Association (NDPEA). The union is committed to the well-being of public workers and to the improvement of the lives of North Dakota citizens.


Jump$tart is a national coalition of organizations dedicated to improving the financial literacy of pre-kindergarten through college-age youth by providing advocacy, research, standards and educational resources. Jump$tart strives to prepare youth for life-long successful financial decision-making.

Midwest Council of State Governments
The Council of State Governments is a nonpartisan, regionally-based, national organization that promotes excellence in state government, serving all three branches of government in all 50 states and the U.S. territories. CSG Midwest focuses on meeting the needs of state policymakers and leaders in the nation's heartland: IL, IN, IA, KS, MI, MN, NE, ND, OH, SD, and WI. Policy and research topics include agriculture, environment, economic development, energy, health care, transportation, criminal justice, and education.

National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP)
NCCP conducts research and translates the findings into actionable recommendations that advocates and policymakers use to improve the lives and futures of low-income children and their families. They delve into issues that contribute to child poverty and make sure their ideas reach those in a position to make meaningful change that reduces the number of families experiencing hardship. Their work leads to smarter policy choices in affordable housing, paid family leave, early childhood education, physical and mental health, immigration, and public benefits.

UnidosUS, formerly the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), is the nation’s largest Latino civil rights and advocacy organization. Through research, advocacy, programs, and a national network of nearly 300 community-based organizations across the country, they challenge social, economic, and political barriers that affect Latinos in the United States.

O*NET Online
The O*NET Resource Center includes a continually updated database (O*Net Online) with information on hundreds of occupations. It provides tools to help workers or students who are seeking to find or change careers. For example, users can browse groups of similar occupations, or find those that use a specific tool or software. O*NET is a program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration.

Rural Health Information Hub (RHIhub)
The Rural Health Information Hub was established as a rural health and human services information portal. RHIhub helps rural communities and other rural stakeholders access the full range of available programs, funding, and research that can enable them to provide quality health and human services to rural residents.

U.S. Department of Labor: Quentin N. Burdick Job Corps Center
Job Corps is a no-cost education and career technical training program administered by the U.S. Department of Labor that helps young people ages 16 through 24 improve the quality of their lives through career and academic training.

Workforce System Strategies
Workforce System Strategies makes available a rich collection of resources, carefully selected to provide workforce system professionals with research evidence on effective workforce strategies that support positive customer outcomes.

Evidence Based Strategies

These websites identify proven strategies to address this topic area. Keep in mind that each source differs in their definition of what is "evidence-based" or "proven."

Conduent Community Health
Healthy Communities Institute provides resources to identify at-risk populations and areas of need, implement evidence-based programs, create efficiencies through internal and community-based partnerships, and track and report measurable results in a compelling way to meet the health needs of specific populations and geographies..

Lifecourse Interventions to Nurture Kids Successfully (LINKS)
It organizes the programs by population, outcome and approach.

Social Programs that Work
Includes information about social program interventions across an array of topics, including early childhood through postsecondary education, housing, employment, crime, and health and mental health. Sponsored by the Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy.

Higher Education in North Dakota

Information on the State of North Dakota website about Higher Education
American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC)
Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) are chartered by their respective tribal governments, including the ten tribes within the largest reservations in the United States. They operate more than 75 campuses in 15 states and one Canadian province—virtually covering Indian Country—and serve students from well more than 230 federally recognized Indian tribes. North Dakota has 5 tribal colleges:

North Dakota University System
The North Dakota University System includes 11 campuses: two world-class research institutions, four outstanding regional universities and five vibrant community colleges.

Private Colleges

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As a voice for people who are homeless, the North Dakota Coalition for Homeless People coordinates and supports efforts to provide basic human needs and housing.

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