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Training Business STTARs

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North Dakota: Research Infrastructure and Partnerships for Discovery  (North Dakota State University Fargo)

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The Students in Technology Transfer and Research (STTAR) program gives college students in North Dakota the opportunity to use their academic training and experience to solve science and technology challenges faced by North Dakota businesses.

The STTAR program is a win-win for students and businesses. Students gain hands-on experience that furthers their education beyond the classroom. Companies not only receive assistance from up-to-date technology skills and new perspectives, but often use the program as a hiring tool for more qualified employees.

At Nodak Electric Cooperative, an active STTAR participant, former STTAR students train new student hires in the Environmental Systems Research Institute's geographic information system mapping system and iPad map books to equip them with skills to design new lines and stake new services in the field. The STTAR program shares the cost of student salaries with the companies. 

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  • casey hansen teaches sttar student about gis mapping system
  • computer screens show gis mapping system on ipad map books
Casey Hansen works with STTAR student Caleb Kester.
Casey Hansen
Computer screens show GIS mapping system on iPad map books.
Casey Hansen

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Gaining industry experience while still in college

STTAR program helps math, engineering and science majors obtain practical experience

Research Areas: Education Locations: North Dakota
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Mathematic Program Prepares Students for Tech Jobs

Turtle Mountain Community College has implemented the HAWKES Learning System, a computer-based learning tool that assists students learning math. Within the first year of implementation, the success rates in basic math climbed 22 percent.

Research Areas: Education, Mathematics Locations: North Dakota