Fond du Lac Expands Math, Science, Business Classes

May 15th, 2010 | By | Category: 21-4: Native American Studies, Summer 2010, Tribal College News

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College (FDLTCC, Cloquet, MN) has been awarded more than $1.75 million in grant funding for two separate projects related to the institution’s science, mathematics, and business programs. The tribal and community college received $879,531 from the National Science Foundation for a project to investigate the past, present, and future conditions of wild rice lakes on the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Reservation. The five-year project involves the University of Minnesota, local middle school and high school student researchers, and the Fond du Lac Reservation’s Resource Management Division.

Designed to introduce geoscience to traditionally under-represented student groups, the project hopes to boost math and science knowledge and related test scores of the students involved in the project. Strategies will include summer camps, hands-on research activities, and participation in science fair projects and contests.

“This new grant will allow us to continue the momentum generated by our math and science camps,” says Andy Wold, FDLTCC faculty member and principal investigator for the grant. “We’ll use our current college students in a mentoring process, and we will also be involved with local high school science teachers.”

The college’s small business/entrepreneurship certificate and degree programs received a Title III grant from the U.S. Department of Education to extend educational outreach. The $897,109 grant supports Project Access, which involves redesigning curriculum and delivery methods.

Students will have a greater range of easy-in, easy-out learning opportunities with the revised learning modules, which will provide continuing education units or other short-term credit options. “This grant strengthens the ties between the reservation community and the college,” says Dr. Robert “Sonny” Peacock, Fond du Lac Reservation director of Tribal College Programs. “Bringing a user-friendly curriculum to the reservation community, from expanding computer skills to enhancing management techniques, will continue to enhance the reservation’s workforce and community.”

“We already have a strong business program curriculum, and this new grant project will help evolve our existing offerings,” said Bryan Jon Maciewski, Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College Business Department faculty. “We will be creating short-term learning opportunities for small business owners and entrepreneurs that will better fit busy schedules and the regular demands of operating a business. These will also be good courses for people currently working in a business setting who want to improve a specific skill in areas such as accounting, customer service, or management.”

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