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Grand Forks school system receives major grant from Department of Commerce for Career Impact Academy

The grant, released by the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA), will be matched with $130,000 in local funds, according to an announcement from the school district.

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The Mark Sanford Education Center, headquarters of Grand Forks Public Schools. (Grand Forks Herald photo)
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GRAND FORKS – The Grand Forks school system has received a $520,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce to purchase equipment for the future Career Impact Academy and its occupational training programs.

The grant, released by the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA), will be matched with $130,000 in local funds, according to an announcement from the school district.

The EDA funds the Red River Regional Council, which brings together the public and private sectors to create an economic development road map to bolster the regional economy, support private capital investment, and create jobs.

The grant was funded by the American Rescue Plan Economic Adjustment Assistance program to support business and workforce development efforts in North Dakota.

The proposed Career Impact Academy represents a collaborative partnership among several entities in the Grand Forks region. When completed, the facility will provide hands-on, relevant career and technical education experiences for students in this region as well as specialized skills training for adults.

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Area high school students will be able to complete their high school diplomas and obtain occupational credentials or college credits. The Academy will offer training pathways for students in 10th, 11th and 12th grades.

The several participating postsecondary institutions can provide training pathways, certifications, and degree programs for adult learners.

The Career Impact Academy, an entity of Grand Forks Public Schools, is governed by the Grand Forks School Board. It will be located near the intersection of Gateway Drive and 42nd Street.

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Pamela Knudson is a features and arts/entertainment writer for the Grand Forks Herald.

She has worked for the Herald since 2011 and has covered a wide variety of topics, including the latest performances in the region and health topics.

Pamela can be reached at pknudson@gfherald.com or (701) 780-1107.
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