NDSU Distance & Continuing Education (DCE)

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K-12 Professionals

ND Petroleum Council Teacher Ed 2017

EDUC 2000




Instructor: Ronald Ness

Grading: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory

Monday, June 19, 2017 - Thursday, June 22, 2017

Day 1: {Registration 8:00 a.m.} -- 8:30 a.m - 7:00 p.m.
Day 2: 6:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Day 3: 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Day 4: 8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. with course completion July 10, 2017

Location: BSC, Bavendick Stateroom, National Energy Center, Bismarck, ND

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

NDSU Credit Fee: $100

Course Description:

The Teacher Education Seminar expands participating teachers’ knowledge of the North Dakota oil and gas industry, from its prehistoric beginnings to the final product. The seminar covers various aspects of the industry including history, geology, physics, engineering, production issues, refining and marketing, employment needs, and the impact of oil tax on state tax revenues, policy decisions and the state’s budget surplus. Educators have numerous hands-on activities including oil rig, well site, and refinery tours.


  • Participating educators will gain a better understanding of the North Dakota oil and gas industry components.
  • Teachers will better understand all of the stages, work processes and the industry professionals that play a part in moving oil from the ground to the consumer.
  • They will develop a factual basis/background of the substantial cost and risk required to explore, produce and refine a barrel of oil.
  • Their gained understanding of the industry’s impact on North Dakota, paired with the knowledge of what skills companies are looking for in employees, will allow them to educate students on the possibility of a career in the oil and gas industry.
  • The educators’ hands-on experiences and completed activities will provide them a foundation for integrating similar activities into their classrooms.

Required Materials:

All materials will be provided.

About The Instructor

Ronald Ness
Ronald Ness

Ronald Ness received his M.A. in Management from University of Mary. He earned his B.S. in Business Administration & Economics from North Dakota State University. Ronald is the President of the North Dakota Petroleum Council.



Special Instructions:

Effective May 15, 2017, course designation number will change from 600 to 2000 in accordance with NDUS policy.

**Registration Instructions:

Pre-registration required at http://www.ndoil.org/events/teacher_education/.  A $25 deposit, which is returned upon registration check-in, is required to reserve your spot for the seminar.

Course is limited to 40 primary & secondary educators. Application deadline: May 1, 2017.

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