Diné Receives Upward Bound, Microsoft Grants

Feb 15th, 2000 | By | Category: 11-3: Native Language, Tribal College News

TSAILE, Ariz. — Students here at Diné College will be the beneficiaries of a four-year TRIO/Upward Bound grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Education for $800,000. The Upward Bound program is designed to meet the educational needs of low income and minority (especially Native American) high school students who lack educational opportunities. “We are excited to be hosting the Upward Bound program at Diné College once again, and we’re excited that Diné College can be included in preparing regional high school students for college,” said Dr. Francis Becenti, Diné College vice president for academic affairs.

Schools on the Navajo Nation that are partners in the Upward Bound grant include: Chinle, Ft. Wingate, Ganado, Many Farms, Monument Valley, Navajo Pine, Pinon, Red Mesa, Rough Rock, Rock Point, St. Michaels, Sanders Valley, and Window Rock. Mark Retasket, director of student services and recruitment, said the Upward Bound grant’s summer enrichment program will utilize Diné College’s Visualization Laboratory for Mathematics and Science and its Learning Center Laboratory for Tutorial Work. For more information about the TRIO/Upward Bound Program call 520/724-6730 or 724-6723.

In other news, Microsoft Corporation has donated over $177,000 of Microsoft software and books and another $25,000 for hardware and training use. Diné College was chosen as the fourth tribal college to collaborate with other higher education consortia to obtain this community outreach grant. The College Computer Services Department planned to upgrade all college PCs to the new Microsoft Windows 98, second edition, and Office 2000 Professional, second addition, if requested. Stanley Eldridge, director of Diné College Computer Services, said, “We hope to place NT servers at each community campus so that local Internet publishing is easy and readily available. The BackOffice System Management Server will allow Computer Services to maintain and manage the servers and client PCs from the Tsaile campus if desired,” he continued.

Microsoft informed the college that this grant is renewable based on a review and survey of how well the institution has used the products during the preceding year. This relationship should allow Diné College to always have the latest office products available for its users, labs, and libraries.

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