UTTC reaches into Indian
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North Dakota: Education opens
doors. It builds bridges. It
understanding and knowledge. And
it provides stepping stones
to jobs and careers.
All this is true of
37 tribal colleges and
universities in the
Indian Higher Education Consortium.
But these institutions have an
added mission: preserving and
protecting Native languages and
They are about people and place.
One tribal college is about to
open a new door. This summer,
United Tribes Technical College
of Bismarck plans to open a
technical learning center in
Rapid City, S.D.
Assisting the college's efforts
will be the
South Dakota School of
Mines and Technology, the
Western Dakota Technical
Institute and the
Department of Interior.
not intend to compete with
Oglala Lakota College.
Instead, it brings new
educational options to the Black
Hills area, a spiritual location
for Native Americans.
meaningful move for UTTC. While
Native Americans make up about
5% of the Bismark, ND
population, they represent 12.4%
of the Rapid City area.
“Fifty percent of our relatives
live off the reservation,” says
Phil Baird, UTTC’s vice
president for academic, career
and technical education.
For those living on
Internet access isn’t always
available. UTTC will bring a
technical training center with
computer access, technical
support and financial aid
With about 1,400
students, UTTC currently offers:
3 bachelor of
12 associate of
6 online associate of
Eventually UTTC will also
offer classes for 2-year and 4-year degrees via the
UTTC will be housed at the
National American University
campus in Rapid City.
Baird foresees other American
Indian colleges establishing
outreach programs there as well.
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