Fond du Lac Developing Degree In Sustainability

May 15th, 2004 | By | Category: 15-4: Ancient Cultures Modern Technology, Tribal College News

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College (FDLTCC in Cloquet, MN) is developing a new four-year degree program in sustainable development.

The program will include a unique combination of core courses plus a choice of four specialized areas, including small business entrepreneurship and management, environmental science, renewable energy systems, and American Indian studies.

Students graduating with degrees in sustainable development will be prepared for employment in large corporate and small business settings, natural resources agencies, energy production companies, tribal organizations, and other public entities.

The U.S. Department of Education awarded a $1.9 million Title III grant to the tribal college for the new degree program. It runs five years, October 2003 through September 2008. Dr. Jean E. Ness from the University of Minnesota Institute on Community Integration is the grant author and will serve as project director and principal investigator.

After developing the curriculum and getting it approved, the college plans to increase the college library collection to include sustainable development and small business management resources and establish a midwest headquarters for the American Indian Business Leaders on campus.

“There are very few colleges and universities across the country offering a program similar to this,” says Sr. Therese Gutting, Ed.D., vice president of academic affairs at FDLTCC.

FDLTCC recently expanded its mission to include offering a limited number of four-year, baccalaureate degree programs. In the first part of 2003, the college received approval to provide bachelor’s degrees in elementary education from the Minnesota Legislature and the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees. The college hopes to gain the necessary approvals for the sustainable development degree during 2004.

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