NWIC to Offer Bachelor’s in Teaching

Aug 15th, 1997 | By | Category: 9-2: Re-envisioning Indian Education, Tribal College News

In response to the shortage of Native Americans teachers, Northwest Indian College (NWIC) has created a bachelor’s degree program to prepare teachers. The degree is funded with a four-year $819,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. It was created in partnership with Western Washington University and Washington State University.

Dr. Jeffrey Hamley will direct the program. Hamley, a mamber of the Turtle Mountain Chippewa Tribe, came to NWIC from Harvard University where he directed the Native American Program and lectured in the graduate school of education. NWIC President Bob Lorence said, “We think this will lead to an increased percentage of Native Americans finishing high school.”

This will be the first bachelor’s degree offered by the tribal college in Bellingham, Wash. The college plans to also develop a four-year degree program in environmental science and technology. The college received a multi-year $750,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to provide the initial two-year environmental technology program. The environmental science program is being developed by NWIC in collaboration with Western Washington University, Evergreen State College, Mesa State College, Dine’ College, and Partners for Environmental Technology.

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