1When is the Seminar?
The Lignite Education Seminar is typically held the second or third full week of June. This year, the dates are Monday, June 14 through Thursday, June 17, 2021.
2Where does the Seminar take place?

Most of the Seminar will take place in the Bavendick Room on the 4th floor of the National Energy Center of Excellence on the campus of Bismarck State College.

Some travel may be required to other locations within a short distance. For the tour day, participants will be split into groups and taken by bus to various facility locations in Coal Country.

3What credits do I earn?
Teachers who complete all requirements are eligible to earn two professional development graduate credits.
  • North Dakota State University - Teaching and Learning - letter grade only
  • University of North Dakota - Education - S/U or letter grade
  • Minot State University - Science - S/U only
Letter grades require a lesson plan to be completed. S/U requires a summary of session throughout the Seminar.
4Who should attend?

All teachers and faculty are encouraged to apply. Typically, all K-12 teachers are accepted. Should applications out-number the spots available, preference will be given based on the following criteria:

  • 4th grade through 12th grade teachers
  • Science, math or social studies as a primary subject matter
  • Career counselors
  • College professors are typically not accepted, but exceptions may be considered. Please contact Kay LaCoe (kaylacoe@lignite.com or 701-258-7117) for inquiries.

5How much does the Seminar cost?

The Lignite Education Seminar is a no-cost seminar for K-12 teachers in North Dakota, Minnesota, Montana, South Dakota, and Iowa to attend. Teachers may incur transportation costs to and from the Seminar. The Lignite Energy Council provides housing and most meals during the Seminar. Graduate credits are paid for on behalf of the Lignite Energy Council.

A $60 deposit is required to reserve your spot in the seminar. The deposit will be returned to you during the seminar. If you should have to cancel after May 1 and your spot is unable to be filled, you will forfeit your deposit.

6Are sponsorships available?

Sponsorships may available for transportation reimbursement to and from the seminar for eligible teachers in Montana, South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa. Those sponsorships will be arranged by the utilities and cooperatives serving those states.

Sponsorship Eligibility

If your school's electricity is produced by an electric cooperative served by Basin Electric Power Cooperative, Great River Energy, Minnkota Power Cooperative or the school receives its electricity from one of these investor-owned utilities: Montana-Dakota Utilities, Otter Tail Power Company or Minnesota Power.

Sponsorships, or reimbursement, are ONLY available for travel costs. Hotel rooms or other incidentals are NOT reimbursable.

7I live or teach outside of North Dakota and do not qualify for travel reimbursement; can I still attend the seminar?

Yes. We accept applications on a case-by-case and/or first-come, first-serve basis. If your application is approved you may still attend the seminar as long as you arrange and pay for your own travel arrangements.

If you are chosen to attend, the Lignite Energy Council will provide lodging and some meals during the seminar as well as pay for your graduate credits.

8Can my spouse, significant other or child(ren) attend?
Only if your spouse, significant other or child(ren) have applied to and have been accepted to attend the Seminar. Due to limited space and funding, we do not allow non-teaching or non-faculty/staff to attend the Seminar. Only attendees registered to attend the Seminar are allowed to stay in the on-campus housing provided by the Lignite Energy Council through Bismarck State College.
9What if I have diet limitations or other medical considerations?
If you are accepted to attend the Seminar you will receive a form is MAY to complete regarding housing, necessities and other information-gathering questions. This form will provide an area to request special accommodations including, but not limited to, dietary and medical needs.
10When will I be notified if have been accepted?
Applications will be accepted until the Seminar is full, this typically occurs by mid-April. You will be notified of your status as soon as possible, but no later than April 30. A completed application does NOT ensure that you will be selected. You will be notified by email of your status.
11How do I register for credit?
If you are accepted to attend the Seminar you will receive an email in MAY with instructions on how to register for credit. Registering with one of the colleges prior to official acceptance will NOT ensure that you will be accepted.
12What accommodations can I expect?

If you are traveling from out of town and plan to stay in the housing provided by the Lignite Energy Council, you will be staying in a dorm on the Bismarck State College campus. Dorm room availability is limited.

Dorm rooms are four person suites. This means two bedrooms (two to a room) that share a bathroom. Sheets, blankets, pillow, and pillowcase are provided in the rooms. You will want to bring towels, soap and an alarm clock. If you would like to request a roommate (ie: friend, spouse) that is also attending the Seminar, include that name on your housing form emailed to you in MAY.

Swensen Hall will be the primary dorm but we may need to use a few rooms in Lidstrom Hall. Both are air-conditioned.

TV jacks are available in the dorm rooms (TVs NOT provided) if you wish to bring a TV (be sure to bring your own cable cords along). The cable TV hookups are free. The lounge in your dorm also has cable TV.

Phones are not provided in the rooms but there are phones in the lounge area where local calls can be made.

13What meals are provided?
  • Monday, June 8: Continental breakfast items such as rolls and fruit, 2 snacks throughout the day, lunch and supper w/ entertainment.
  • Tuesday, June 9: Breakfast, 2 snacks throughout the day, lunch and supper. Evening will be on your own.
  • Wednesday, June 10: Breakfast, morning snack, lunch and supper.
  • Thursday, June 11: Breakfast, 1 snack and lunch.