Inability to Attract Faculty to Attract Faculty Hurts Rural Schools

From a window in the Williston State College petroleum technology laboratory, in the heart of North Dakota’s oil country, Alberto Bellina can see a Halliburton oil complex tucked against snow-covered hills.

Bellina teaches at the college. But unfortunately for rural schools like Williston State, he’s looking at his future.

“Let’s face it: A guy who’s doing my job out in industry is probably making twice what I’m making here,” said Bellina, a former oil industry worker now teaching petroleum technology.

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