Industry Supports SIPI ProgramsAug 15th, 1996 | By tcj | Category: 8-2: Cultural Property Rights, Tribal College News
To increase the number of American Indian students working in the electronics industry, companies continue to support Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute’s (SIPI) Advanced Technical Systems programs. In August, Philips Semiconductors gave SIPI $5,000 to assist in equipping a SIPI Science Applications Laboratory. SIPI is using $150,000 from New Mexico State University for the modular science lab.
In December, Intel Corp. delivered an additional 25 Pentium computers to SIPI, which are being used to establish a Global Information System and distance learning laboratory. Intel has provided a total of 40 Pentium computers to SIPI. Intel Foundation has given SIPI $10,000 in cash, a 5-meter satellite dish, two high-quality printers, $90,000 to establish a Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology student scholarship endowment fund, six 386 computers, faculty internships, and student internships. Most recently, Intel Foundation provided a summer curriculum development internship for a SIPI math instructor. Ten SIPI graduates are now working at Intel, including Joel Longhorn, a Shawnee, who is featured on an Intel recruitment poster. SIPI is an inter-tribal college created 25 years ago in Albuquerque, N.M.