Sitting Bull Starts ConstructionNov 15th, 1997 | By tcj | Category: 9-3: Responsible Welfare Reform, Tribal College News
Last July Sitting Bull College launched a non-profit construction company. While some colleges help graduates find jobs, SBC is actually employing students. It was intended to provide an incentive for students to stay in school. “A lot of our students are faced with the choice of going to school or feeding their families. This program allows them to do both,” according to Project Coordinator Dave Luger. SBC Construction Company is fully licensed and bonded with the state, just like any other company. The company works closely with the Tribal Employment Rights Office to hire locally.
The college offers a two-year, building trades degree program which includes academic classes as well as classes in specific building trades such as cabinetwork and framing. Luger encourages students to start their own businesses.
The company has completed two garages, put a new floor in the head start center, built a day care center, and constructed a dock for the commodity warehouse. The building trades program constructed a house, which has been sold. Two more houses are scheduled this year.