Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

United Tribes Technical College Plans Hotel

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

United Tribes Technical College Plans Hotel

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BISMARCK, N.D

United Tribes Technical College officials say they're finalizing plans to build a 250-room, higherend hotel after studies found the project could make money.

College officials are eyeing a downtown site near the Bismarck Civic Center, but also are considering building on campus or at another, undisclosed site, president Dr. David Gipp said in announcing the project.

The decision comes after a yearlong study to see if the idea could be profitable.

"We're simply doing the exploration, looking at the feasibility and looking at how this will work for everyone," Gipp says. "It's a very exciting, important development forthe whole region."

Gipp says the hotel will provide on-the-job training for United Tribes students studying finance, hotel management and culinary arts. Bismarck State College and University of Mary students could take part as well, he says.

Bismarck Mayor John Warford said construction projects by such large stores as Wal-Mart and Home Depot are a boon to Bismarck, but the hotel is a welcome homegrown idea.

"What's most gratifying to me is when you have local entities in the community step up to the plate," says Warford. "United Tribes is soaring, and the city of Bismarck is moving along with it. …

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