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2018 Lignite Education Seminar

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Annual lignite education seminar accepting registrations

Registration is now open for the Lignite Energy Council's Annual Teacher Education Seminar: Energy, Economics and Environment. The four-day seminar gives elementary, middle and high school teachers in North Dakota, Minnesota, South Dakota and Montana a first-hand look at North Dakota’s fifth largest industry, lignite mining and related energy production. The seminar will be held June 11-14,2018, at Bismarck State College’s National Energy Center of Excellence, Bismarck, N.D.

“Teachers from all grade and subject levels should apply before April 13, 2018, but the earlier the better as the seminar does fill up fast,” said Kay LaCoe, Lignite Energy Council communications and education coordinator. “One of the biggest draws of our seminar is that it offers two graduate credits paid for by the Lignite Energy Council, not to mention the popular tours of lignite facilities such as the Center Mine and the Milton R. Young Station power plant.”

Two professional Development Graduate credits in economics will be available through University of North Dakota, science through Minot State University, or education through North Dakota State University.  To receive the credits, teachers must attend all portions of the seminar and prepare a lesson plan demonstrating how they could use the seminar information and materials in their classroom.

The seminar provides instruction on these topics and more: history, geology, land reclamation, environmental protection, economics of the lignite industry, the need for more workers, energy conservation, and transmission. Besides the classroom instruction and the tours, teachers attending the seminar will receive electronic copies of each presentation, examples of lesson plans, classroom exercises, coal and ash samples, audio-visual materials, and information on the facilities they tour, all for use in the classroom. More information and the online application for all teachers are available at

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