LCO Links with MuseumNov 15th, 1995 | By tcj | Category: 7-3: Investing, Tribal College News
Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College has forged a new link with the Cable Natural History Museum near Hayward, Wisconsin. The partnership allows adult basic education students to participate in hands-on environmental science activities. The students named their program Oshki Mikana or “New Road” to signify the new direction their lives will take when they finish their diplomas.
Adult students in General Education Development or High School Education Diploma courses rarely can participate in field activities, and many students believe they need advanced degrees to work in an environmental field. Through their field trips, students will learn various aspects of environmental science such as media and design for public relations exhibits. They will meet technical and professional staff members at the Minnesota Science Museum and the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission. The project will culminate in a display at the Cable Natural History Museum illustrating the Ojibwa view of the environment.
“Because of increase environmental pressures on tribal lands, there is an ever-growing need for Native people to be in environmental stewardship positions,” says Val Barber, director of adult education at LCO and a member of the Cable museum board of directors.