Turtle Mountain Graduates Continue SchoolingMay 15th, 1996 | By tcj | Category: 8-1: Governance, Tribal College News
Wayne J. Stein, author of the book Tribal Colleges–Making Good Medicine, was the graduation speaker at the Turtle Mountain Community College in May 1996. Stein, a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, reminded the graduates of their responsibility to make informed decisions after careful thought, not because someone says to do it.
College statistics indicate that many of the graduates whom Stein was addressing will further their education. At the end of the spring term, 38 Turtle Mountain Chippewa earned bachelors degrees from various four-year degree granting institutions. Sixteen (42 percent) of them attended Turtle Mountain Community College before transferring, according to Carol Davis, vice president. In addition, 11 Turtle Mountain Chippewa earned Masters Degrees from various colleges last spring. Five (45 percent) of those either graduated from TMCC or attended at least one academic year there, Davis says. Two Turtle Mountain Chippewa became licensed North Dakota addiction counselors last spring. Both had graduated from TMCC.