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Initiatives and Collaborations

North Dakota

Bridge to Benefits
This project is focused on improving the well-being of families and individuals by linking them to public work support programs and tax credits.

Community Action Partnership, North Dakota’s Poverty Fighting Network
Seven Community Action Agencies in North Dakota provide programs and services that empower low-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 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; and 3) Develop and implement a statewide intelligence coordination strategy.

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 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
State policies that promote the economic security of our nation’s families can help offset larger economic and social conditions that make it difficult for families to get by and get ahead. This four-part Family Economic Security Profile provides data on North Dakota’s low-income children and families and highlights state policy choices regarding families’ work attachment and advancement, income adequacy, and asset development.

National Council of La Raza
The National Council of La Raza (NCLR)—the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States—works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans. Through its network of nearly 300 affiliated community-based organizations, NCLR reaches millions of Hispanics each year in 41 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia. To achieve its mission, NCLR conducts applied research, policy analysis, and advocacy, providing a Latino perspective in five key areas—assets/investments, civil rights/immigration, education, employment and economic status, and health. In addition, it provides capacity-building assistance to its Affiliates who work at the state and local level to advance opportunities for individuals and families.

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 Assistance Center “was established as a rural health and human services information portal. RAC 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 are 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.

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

Promising Practices Network
Features summaries of programs and practices that are proven to improve outcomes for children.

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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