LCO Environmental Studies Reaches Out

May 15th, 1997 | By | Category: 9-1: Honoring Our Native Knowledge, Tribal College News

Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College has been reaching out to the community and to young students with its natural resource programs. Last April, staff and students planted a thousand red pine on land owned by a family of tribal members. The college plans to plant its own forest on college lands where LCO also sponsors community gardens and educational programs. The college is working in cooperation with the tribal forestry office on the project. Gaiashkibos, college vice president, said “Volunteering to plant trees is a way of giving back to the community.” Students said it created a common bond amongst the participants.

In June the college hosted an environmental studies workshop for Native American high school students. The two-week program was designed for students interested in natural resources, environmental science, and caring for the earth. It covered gathering wild herbs and food, exploring forests and wetlands, and visiting laboratories at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, which co-sponsored the program with LCO.

The tribal college has negotiated agreements with four different University of Wisconsin system schools for different degrees, including medical studies, nursing, agriculture, social work, and education. Under the “two-plus-two” agreements, all of a student’s associate degree credits transfer to the university where they can complete a bachelor degree program. LCO is a two-year college chartered in 1982 and based in Hayward, Wis.

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