Cankdeska Helps Welfare Recipients

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

Cankdeska Cikana Community College (Fort Totten, N.D.) is creating a program to help welfare recipients in Spirit Lake Nation communities. Using an equity grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the college is creating a 12-month project. It involves course work in life skills such as budgeting, time and stress management, communication, and decision making as well as attaining or enhancing basic academic skills. The project also will set up a database matching volunteers to organizations, agencies, or individuals throughout the community.

Under the work participation requirements of the federal welfare reform law, clients who cannot find work must do community service in order to continue receiving benefits. The project intends to have positive impacts beyond the one-year term of the grant, building community involvement and leadership through a “snowball” effect, according to Ione Swenson, workplace literacy director at the college. Cankdeska Cikana was previously called Little Hoop Community College.

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