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Course Descriptions

Lignite Education Seminar 2014

EDUC 600

This seminar will provide the participant with a broader understanding of the lignite coal industry and the important role it plays in providing electricity to consumers, farmers and businesses in North Dakota, Minnesota, South Dakota and Montana.  Discussions on how lignite coal is mined and converted into energy, and the economic impact of the industry on the region including a tour of a lignite mine, a lignite-based power plant and the Great Plains Synfuels Plant are featured.

Objectives:

We want teachers to:

  • learn the importance of the lignite industry in this region; the huge economic impact it provides to this state with the number of jobs it provides and the well-paying jobs it provides;
  • to take what they learn back to their students and encourage them to look at jobs in this industry. There are a large number of industry employees retiring in the next 5 to 10 years so there will be job openings.