Construction Begins at CrownpointAug 15th, 1999 | By tcj | Category: 10-4: Native Arts Education, Tribal College News
Crownpoint Institute of Technology (CIT) has begun constructing a $6.1 million trades and technology complex at its campus on the Navajo Reservation in New Mexico. The construction results from a federal Economic Development Administration grant secured through the efforts of CIT Development Officer Jay R. DeGroat. The Albuquerque firm of David N. Sloan designed the complex.
The construction begins as the institute celebrates its 20th anniversary. Twenty years ago, in response to a critical need for job training for Native citizens, the Navajo Skill Center opened in Crownpoint, N.M. As the center grew, its mission broadened to address changing marketplace requirements and heightened expectations among its students. In 1985, the center changed its name to Crownpoint Institute of Technology. The year long anniversary celebration is known as Naas hats’iid naahodit’eeh (Toward a Bright Future). As part of the celebration, CIT has planned a March to CIT Day for area elementary, junior high, and high school students; Navajo Culture Awareness Week; an Indian market; rodeo; carnival; and an arts festival.
Additional degree programs are planned in veterinary technology, environmental technology, nursing, accounting, dental assistance, and early childhood training. CIT is also constructing a new veterinarian teaching hospital, a cultural museum and visitors center, married student housing, and a women’s dormitory. A student-operated fast-food restaurant, bookstore, and feed store are scheduled to open in 1999. The Domenici Library also will be completed this year.