NDSU, DSU partnership would bolster transportation expertise

WILLISTON, N.D. – North Dakota State University and Dickinson State University want to team up to bring transportation and logistics expertise to western North Dakota.

NDSU’s Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute is proposing to establish a program at Dickinson State to provide technical training programs that would benefit the oil, gas and manufacturing industries.

Denver Tolliver, the institute’s director, said there’s a great need in western North Dakota for employees who have a background in transportation and supply chain logistics.

“It’s not just getting the petroleum out, but it’s getting all of the inputs in, and it’s also managing the overall supply chains of the folks that work for the oil and gas industry,” Tolliver said.

NDSU is proposing to adapt its courses in transportation and logistics to be offered online through Dickinson State. The plan also calls for some face-to-face courses that would be offered at Dickinson State through a compressed format.

If the program is approved, the transportation institute would have a larger presence in oil country and staff would be able to provide expertise to local governments being affected by increased truck traffic and oil development, Tolliver said.

“They’re kind of being overwhelmed with a lot of traffic growth, a lot of developments in the area,” Tolliver said.

The NDSU institute is asking for about $400,000 to launch the program, which would be part of the North Dakota University System’s legislative budget request for the 2013-15 biennium.

The state Board of Higher Education will hear the proposal today during a meeting at Williston State College.

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