Lignite Energy Council organizes an annual seminar for teachers
(Bismarck, ND) — The 36th annual teachers’ seminar has wrapped up for another year.
Kay LaCoe, vice president of marketing and communications for the Lignite Energy Council, says the popular event has grown into a high-profile event.
“We hold a teacher’s seminar every year that brings together teachers from across the region,” she said. “We welcome from North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota. We had teachers from Montana. This year we even had a teacher come to us from Ohio.”
LaCoe says the week is all about the coal industry, power generation and the economy around it. Attendees also take a trip to a coal mine, where LaCoe says attendees get “the VIP treatment.”
She says there has been a change in the students over the years the seminar has been held. Through the seminar, students were encouraged to enter the energy industry.
“It’s a great industry, and there’s been a concerted effort to promote the jobs that are available in North Dakota so that those kids can stay in North Dakota or move to North Dakota and continue their careers,” said she declared. “There are just a ton of opportunities.”
LaCoe says it’s not about two- or four-year schools either.
“Where the industry hinges is the skilled workers, the trades,” she said. “Everything from electricians to plumbers.”