CCCC Program Promotes Student Health Careers

Feb 15th, 2005 | By | Category: 16-3: Indigenizing Education, Tribal College News

Cankdeska Cikana Community College (CCCC, Fort Totten, ND), a 2-year tribal college that serves the Spirit Lake Dakota Reservation, is encouraging students to pursue health careers.

It operates the Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP), funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The program combines academic curriculum and job-shadowing experience. Its goal is to support and encourage students from disadvantaged backgrounds to pursue education and careers in health-related disciplines.

HCOP provides various enrichment courses and projects for students in 7th – 12th grades and for first and second-year college students at CCCC. Selection is based on student grade point and interest in health careers. Students receive a monetary stipend for their attendance and participation. During the summer of 2004, participants included 15 CCCC students and 36 students from area high schools.

Health care is of special interest to CCCC President Cynthia Lindquist Mala (Dakota), who was the director of the division of Indian Health Studies at the University of North Dakota before she became college president. In 1994, she was a founder of the National Indian Women’s Health Resource Center, a non-profit organization.

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