Fond du Lac Prepares Students for Finance

Nov 15th, 2000 | By | Category: 12-2: Land is Life, Tribal College News

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College (FDLTCC) is promoting business and financial services in the American Indian community with a two-year Associate of Science degree and a certificate program. The program has three specific career areas – financial services, insurance, and real estate. All of the core courses include a cultural component relating the subject matter to the American Indian world.

The program uses a cohort model. In this model students take all their courses together as a group, meet weekly for cohort lunches and AIBL (American Indian Business Leaders) meetings, and meet regularly with their advisor and instructor, Bryan Jon Maciewski. An Ojibwe from the local Fond du Lac reservation, Maciewski has a master’s in business administration. The students also meet with Patricia Grace, the retention counselor, who provides mentorship opportunities, guidance in transition skills, and pre-employment preparation and issues.

In the first year of the program (1999-2000), there were 21 students. Twelve of those first year students still remain, and 25 students started a new cohort in August 2000. Two of the students hold national offices in the AIBL student organization.

In addition, the college offers evening courses to the Fond du Lac community, such as money and banking, principles of real estate, and principles of insurance. Spring semester FDLTCC will offer some of the business and finance courses over interactive television to other interested sites in Indian country. The U.S. Department of Education supports the program with a $1.4 million, five-year grant to Fond du Lac and its partner, the University of Minnesota, College of Education and Human Development, Institute on Community Integration. For more information about the program, contact Bryan Jon Maciewski or Patricia Grace at 218/ 879-0819, email <bjon@ezigaa.fdl.cc.mn.us>, or visit the website at <www.fdl.cc.mn.us>.

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