TEACH Project Benefits Tribal CollegesNov 15th, 1997 | By tcj | Category: 9-3: Responsible Welfare Reform, Tribal College News
In a momentous show of support for education in Wisconsin, Governor Tommy G. Thompson signed into law the state’s 1997-99 biennial budget. For the first time, it benefits the state’s two tribal colleges–Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe Community College and the College of the Menominee Nation. This budget includes a technology initiative as well as scholarships for tribal college students (see separate story in this issue).
Tribal college administrators and students worked with the governor and lawmakers to identify the educational needs of rural Wisconsin and strategies to meet them. A multi-year education initiative, “TEACH Wisconsin” (Technology for Educational Achievement in Wisconsin), will provide pertinent technology to Wisconsin students to break down the barriers of distance and allow students to learn at any time and in any place. Distance learning technologies are a critical and cost-effective way of maximizing higher education opportunities across a wide geographic area. Teaching in a technologically advanced environment will allow students to effectively pursue advanced degrees.