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“The Minot State University Veteran Service Center along with its Veterans Club, in an ongoing effort to raise awareness of both current and past military service members are thrilled to collaborate with North Dakota Job Service, AM 1100 The Flag, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, North Dakota Cares, North Dakota Petroleum Council and Fortis Energy Services, Inc., to host the second annual Veterans employer summit. We appreciate the opportunity to help spread the word about the skills, abilities and accomplishments of our area’s current and past service members.”
-- Andy Heitkamp, MSU’s director of veterans services

University Communications

Minot State co-sponsors Veterans Employer Summit

MINOT, N.D. – The Minot State University Veteran Center, along with Fortis Energy Services and area partners, are proud to sponsor the 2nd annual Veterans Employer Summit Monday, Nov. 6 at the MSU Student Center.

The summit is the kickoff event for a week-long Veterans Week Celebration at Minot State University. The event is set for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday with registration beginning at 9 a.m. There is no registration fee for the summit, however, space is limited. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to pcorrado@fortisenergyservices.com.

“The Minot State University Veteran Service Center along with its Veterans Club, in an ongoing effort to raise awareness of both current and past military service members are thrilled to collaborate with North Dakota Job Service, AM 1100 The Flag, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, North Dakota Cares, North Dakota Petroleum Council and Fortis Energy Services, Inc., to host the second annual Veterans employer summit,” said Andy Heitkamp, MSU’s director of veterans services. “We appreciate the opportunity to help spread the word about the skills, abilities and accomplishments of our area’s current and past service members.”

Scheduled to deliver the keynote address is Lieutenant Governor Brent Sanford. Sanford, a Watford City, N.D., native was elected North Dakota’s 38th lieutenant governor on Nov. 8, 2016. He is a third-generation business owner and served as the mayor of his hometown of Watford City from 2010 to 2016 and as a city councilman for four years before being elected mayor.

Host of “What’s on Your Mind,” a radio talk show on AM 1100 The Flag, Scott Hennen, will serve as the summit’s master of ceremony and will give the welcome.

The 2017 Veterans Employer Summit will feature short presentations to introduce critical concepts, a roundtable lunch discussion, and breakout sessions. Heitkamp will lead Veterans Education Opportunities, Susan Ogurek, from the North Dakota Job Service, will lead Adapting to the Civilian Work Force, and Rob Lindberg will present 3Weeks2Hired.

“Employers are willing, but the channels are weak,” is the overall theme of the summit. Discussions will help translate employer interest in hiring veterans into meaningful recruitment action. Summit participants can expect to learn about opportunities in the region for collaborations to tap into the talent of veterans, share resources, provide input to expand employer-academic partnering networks, and further develop veteran employees as competitive assets.

Along with Sanford, Hennen, and the breakout session leaders, scheduled to speak is Susan Ogurek and Marlys Morgenstern from Job Service of North Dakota, Darcie Handt and Joe Faller of ND Cares, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve’s Shiley Olgierson, and Jennifer Dahl of the North Dakota Department of Commerce.

Fortis Energy Services and Minot State University Veteran Center are joined by Job Service of North Dakota, North Dakota Petroleum Council, North Dakota Cares, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, and AM 1100 The Flag as organizing partners of the second-annual event.

For more information on the event, please visit Minot State’s Veterans Services website at MinotStateU.edu/veterans/

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Published: 11/03/17



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