NWIC Delivers Business Classes by SatelliteFeb 15th, 1999 | By tcj | Category: 10-3: Distance Education, Tribal College News
Northwest Indian College (Bellingham, Wash.) delivers business classes by satellite to instructional sites on seven other reservations in Washington state: Upper Skagit, Makah, Swinomish, Nooksack, Nisqually, Quinault, and Jamestown S’Klallam. The NWIC library is accessible through the Internet connectivity at each site, supplementing the small NWIC library resource sections at the sites.
NWIC also has Business Assistance Centers at the instructional sites to serve Native Americans who want to start a small business or who need assistance with expanding existing businesses. The program provides state-of-the-art information and tools needed to become competitive in today’s business world. The Business Assistance Center on the main campus has a computer lab with six computer work stations for students, Business Department instructors, and clients to access the Internet, send and receive e-mail, work on desk-top publishing projects, and access the resource library. Clients or students who need business cards and flyers have access to a scanner and software to prepare their own, or if needed, the staff will design and print them to their specifications. To use the computer lab, clients and/or students must sign up for a tuition-free course in small business consultation at NWIC. Clients can access the latest information on business subjects through workshops, seminars, individual consultations, and Internet research. The NWIC Business Department also offers a one-year certificate or a two-year degree in entrepreneurship (see TCJ Vol. IX, Number 3).