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once the heart of the U. S. energy boom North Dakota is now losing oil workers as jobs dry up in an oil price rout but one institution is fighting to keep them in state , Reuters energy correspondent Ernie shudder oil prices are down more than fifty percent in the past year , and that's not been good for north Dakota's oil fields healing rounds of layoffs all across the state , now many of the laid off workers they just want to leave North Dakota but the state public university system including Williston state college right behind me are trying to convince those workers to enroll in petroleum engineering programs and stay here in North Dakota you Greta campaign is known as bokken you name for the bokken shale formation that first lord oil workers to the state and it aims to teach advanced mechanical and computer skills , that might help students land jobs in the oil industry or else where they can work in in the power plant , and are asking energy companies to make tax deductible donations to help fund , ok can you hope to begin taking applications next month for the spring semester