NCA Accredits 3 More UTTC Online Degrees

May 15th, 2005 | By | Category: 16-4: International Indigenous Education, Tribal College News

United Tribes Technical College (UTTC, Bismarck, ND) has received accreditation to offer three additional associate degree programs online, expanding the college’s online degrees to five. The new online degree programs are Health Information Technology, Elementary Education, and Nutrition and Food Service.

“The training provided in these areas is critically needed in Indian Country,” says UTTC President David M. Gipp (Hunkpapa Lakota). “We know that it’s unrealistic to expect working people to quit and go to school. Online programs allow them to continue working as they gain access to training that allows them to grow in their job skills and contribute more effectively in their communities.”

The Institutional Actions Council of the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association (NCA) of Colleges and Schools granted approval for the new programs Dec. 6, 2004. “This confirms the quality of our programs,” said Leah Woodke, director of UTTC Online and Distance Education.

An analysis by the NCA staff said United Tribes is positioned to “take a leading role in online delivery among tribal colleges.” In 2003, UTTC received accreditation for its online degrees in Early Childhood Education and Injury Prevention.

UTTC online courses and programs have evolved specifically to meet the needs of tribal students, says Phil Baird, dean of vocational and academic programs. The college decided not to use pre-packaged online programs and coursework. Instead, UTTC designed its own technology platform for both academic instruction and student support services.

“We believe UTTC’s programs are credible because our online coursework and platform were developed from a teacher’s perspective,” Baird (Sicangu Lakota) says. “We felt it was very important that our IT systems and courses meet both the needs of our students and the standards expected of higher education institutions in the country.”

The college offers 17 associate of applied science programs and 11 certificate programs and maintains a branch campus at the Owens Valley Career Development Center, Bishop, CA. The NCA has accredited UTTC through the year 2011.

For more information, see the United Tribes Technical College website, www.uttc.edu.

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