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Quentin Burdick Center for Cooperatives


Cooperative leaders from across North Dakota will provide director training to cooperatives in the region at two levels:
• Foundation, Feb. 21, 2024 – will focus on the core skills needed by co-op leaders to guide their co-op.
• Enhanced, Feb. 22, 2024 – will expand on the core skills and introduce more advanced management techniques.


The idea of an NDSU center to benefit members of North Dakota cooperatives originated within the cooperatives themselves, and in October 1988, the Joint Cooperative Education Committee endorsed the concept. The Committee stated that such a center would be "a major step towards educating young people about cooperatives and preparing them for cooperatives careers." The effort to develop a Center for Cooperatives at NDSU was in response to those grassroots initiatives. The creation of the Quentin N. Burdick Center for Cooperatives was approved by the North Dakota Board of Higher Education in October 1992.

North Dakota is home to over 500 cooperatives that include sectors such as electricity, telecommunications, credit unions, finance, and agriculture.  These cooperatives are vital to the state's economy.

The Quentin N. Burdick Center for Cooperatives understands the importance of cooperatives and strives to provide educationresearch, and outreach that will bring about strengthening the cooperatives' operations and working toward expanding employment and economic opportunities through cooperatives.

Upcoming Events
Start Date
Southeast Area Vocational Center (Community Room) 924 7th St S, Oakes, ND 58474
This six-week course is a discussion-based workshop bringing women together to learn from experts in production, financial management, human resources, marketing and the legal field. There will be plenty of time for questions, sharing,…
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Frayne Olson, Director

Kristi Schweiss, Assistant Director