Returning Sailor to administer TREND Grant at FBCC

NEW TOWN Edna Sailor returned to Fort Berthold Community College in New Town last month as the Trade Adjustment Assistance program-data coordinator. She will be administering the Training for Regional Energy in North Dakota program grant funds made available through the U.S. Department of Labor.

Sailor comes to her position with an extensive administrative and academic background. She was a full-time faculty member at Fort Berthold Community College from 1983 to 1995. She gained experience in education and training in the university system at Lake Region State College, Devils Lake, as the director of continuing education, served as executive director of the American Institute of Banking Training programs, and, most recently, as Work Based Learning coordinator and business/community liaison for the Burdick Job Corps Center in Minot.

In 2012, the TREND Consortium received $14.6 million which is shared between Fort Berthold Community College, Williston State College, Bismarck State College, Sitting Bull College at Fort Yates and Turtle Mountain Community College in Belcourt.

Sailor will administer the grant with the purpose of expanding and improving Fort Berthold Community College’s delivery of education and career training programs that can be completed in two years or less.

“We will be offering stackable credentials for students to design their careers,” Sailor said.

TREND grant training at Fort Berthold Community College translates directly to the relevance of employer needs in the immediate and surrounding area. The New Town college has targeted building and construction trades, welding, oil technician, and CDL trainings and certifications. Career opportunities include mechanical maintenance, petroleum operations, natural gas processing plant operations, truck driving, carpentry, welding and others.

“I am excited about being a part of the activity in these industries,” Sailor said. “I am very happy to be back at Fort Berthold Community College, where I started my career just out of college.”