LBHC Focuses Upon Building Dreams

Nov 15th, 1997 | By | Category: 9-3: Responsible Welfare Reform, Tribal College News

Little Big Horn College (LBHC) in Montana has been awarded two major grants to encourage children to build career dreams and to encourage community service. The School to Work grant was awarded to both LBHC and its neighboring college, Dull Knife Memorial College. The $932,960 grant is the largest awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor. The colleges will serve all 5,233 students in schools on or near the Crow and Northern Cheyenne Reservations, helping them to dream of careers and thus make better choices of courses before graduating. The average unemployment rate on the two reservations is 52 percent. The project includes career fairs, mentoring, and a full-time curriculum development person, who will write books for various age levels featuring 20 Cheyenne and 20 Crow people who work in trades or professions.

The Corporation for National Service funded the other project–Learn and Serve. Through service learning, students improve academic learning and develop personal skills through structured service projects that meet community needs. Since tribal colleges are built by tribal communities, service learning fits well into the tribal college mission, according to Linda Pease, Learn and Serve Director at LBHC. That grant is for $95,000, which will be matched in full by LBHC.

The service learning project provides leadership development training for 25 students, who will then implement their own summer service projects related to their field of study, such as tutoring for education majors, income tax advising for business majors, and developing home pages for information systems majors. The students will receive college credit, a monetary award for their project, and a sense of empowerment, according to Pease. In addition, any students who are on welfare will be able to fulfill their community service requirements through the program. Through both programs, students will develop a passion for education, Pease says.

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