What is BakkenU?

Bakken U provides current and prospective employees an excellent opportunity to enhance individual skills and gives them the option to re-train for new jobs, as well as enhance their current job skills.

Energizing through Education

The five westernmost colleges and universities of the North Dakota University System (NDUS) form BakkenU. These institutions – Bismarck State College, Dakota College at Bottineau, Dickinson State University, Minot State University, and Williston State College – offer a one-stop shop for exploring energy-related programs or hundreds of other exciting offerings.

There are numerous credit programs that can help potential students diversify their portfolios. There are also various short-term energy-related training programs offered through TrainND Northwest and TrainND Southwest.

For those interested in energy or energy-related fields, NDUS has you covered.

BakkenU Institutions

Bismarck State College – The National Energy Center of Excellence is the pride and joy of BSC, and houses a nationally-recognized energy industry degree and training program. Enrolled students can learn about electrical power and transmission systems, instrumentation and control, energy generation, and much more!

Dakota College at Bottineau – For those interested in land management, look no further than DCB. The one year of coursework leading to a certificate includes instruction in petroleum land management, land descriptions, contracts and agreements, mineral ownership, and management practices.

Dickinson State University – DSU has been leading the charge to get members of the Bakken workforce back to school to meet their individual goals. Through its IMPACT Program, DSU offers everything from one course to certificates to a full degree.

Minot State University – Nestled in another of the designated “hub cities” of North Dakota’s Oil Patch, MSU understands the needs of the workforce. The university offers a one-of-a-kind program called Energy Economics and Finance, which would be sure to bolster anyone’s resume.

Williston State College – Located right in the heart of the Bakken, Williston knows more about the needs of the oilfield workforce than any other city around. WSC is no different, and has many options available including a program in petroleum production technology.