White Earth Accepted as AIHEC MemberFeb 15th, 1999 | By tcj | Category: 10-3: Distance Education, Tribal College News
White Earth Tribal and Community College was accepted as the 32nd member of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) at the October meeting in Nashville, Tenn. Located in Mahnomen, Minn., the college was established by the White Earth Ojibwe Tribe on September 8, 1997, and enrolled its first students the following month. Under the direction of President Dr. Helen Klassen, the White Earth Tribal and Community College is dedicated to providing a culturally relevant curriculum and environment by collaborating with students, staff, community, and industry. Currently 85 White Earth tribal members and area residents are enrolled at the college.
The White Earth Tribal and Community College is working to become a fully accredited institution through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. In the interim, courses offered at the college are accepted at other learning institutions on a course by course basis. Degrees offered include the Associate of Arts in Native American Studies and the Associate of Applied Science in Casino Operations, Computer Information Systems, and Tribal Business Management. A Criminal Justice Program is also offered, in which students may choose to obtain an associate of science or an associate of arts degree.
AIHEC is an organization of tribally controlled colleges and universities, which is based in Alexandria, Va. The colleges are located in the United States and Canada. The three colleges most recently accepted into AIHEC before Little Priest were Little Priest Tribal College in Nebraska, Leech Lake Tribal College in Minnesota, and College of the Menominee Nation in Wisconsin.