Workforce Recruitment and Retention Program Introduced

Forward Devils Lake Corporation “20 by 20” Skilled Workforce Recruitment and Retention Program

Forward Devils Lake has introduced a new Skilled Workforce Recruitment and Retention Program that works with local & regional businesses to help encourage and recruit local/regional high school students to consider a career in a skilled and technical program. Forward Devils Lake Corporation and participating businesses will reimburse the student for up to 80% of the cost* of annual tuition/room/meals of an approved 1- or 2-year Technical College program,** if they commit to coming back to the region after graduating from the program and working for the employer for a period of three years.

To learn more talk to your high school counselor or talk to a local/regional employer and ask them about the Forward Devils Lake 20 by 20 Program. You may also call Brad Barth at 701-662-4933 or email him at to learn more. You may also download the program brochure by clicking the following link 20 by 20 Trifold Flyer – 11012018

*80% of qualified programs with annual tuition/room & board costs of up to $15,000 to a maximum of $12,000 of reimbursed costs.
Example: Total maximum reimbursement for two years would be $24,000 – assuming 80% of a total cost to attend of $30,000 for two years.
Cost breakdown – 60% to be paid by business sponsor, 20% by Forward Devils Lake, 20% by student
**The following are approved Skilled and Technical programs needed as of 10/16/2018 more will be added as local businesses learn of the program and agree to participate. Automotive Technician, Culinary Chef, Diesel Technician, Electrical Line-worker, Electrical Technician, HVAC Technician, Information Technology, Network Technician, Law Enforcement/Peace Officer, Plumbing, Powersports Technician, Precision Ag Technology, Precision Machine, Ultrasound Technician, Welding Technology, Wind Energy Technician