Education Department awards KBOCC Title III grantsFeb 9th, 2012 | By tcj | Category: 23-3: Technology and Culture, Tribal College News
Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College (KBOCC, Baraga, MI) was recently awarded two $500,000 grants from the U.S. Department of Education under the Tribal College and University Title III programs. “The first grant will focus on four areas: program development, acquisition of a student information system, expansion of student services, and establishment of an Office of Sponsored Programs while the second grant will be used for construction,” says KBOCC President Debbie Parrish.
Three new programs will be developed: Associate of Applied Science degree in Business, Associate of Arts degree in Native American Studies, and an Associate of Fine Arts in Art.
The second activity includes acquiring a digitized Student Information System, which will serve as a single storage point for all student information. The system will enable better data-driven decision making and will improve student achievement by facilitating the institutional assessment process and by providing informational access to stakeholders important in directing student learning. The system will improve all areas of the tribal college including admissions, enrollment, financial aid, billing, grants, reporting requirements, student services, donor relations, and other planning.
The third activity will include career guidance, counseling, and placement efforts that will increase student success and retention. Support staff will be hired to better serve students in these areas. Counseling will be available to students for identifying career opportunities, developing portfolios, enhancing communication skills, perfecting interviewing skills and techniques, and performing an aggressive job search.
The final activity funded under this project is the establishment of an Office of Sponsored Programs to serve as a central resource to support externally funded educational endeavors.
The second grant will be used for facility expansion. Plans for renovation of the former Baraga County Memorial Hospital have been put on hold until the county and hospital board reach a decision. Meanwhile, the college is working with Gundlach Champion to develop plans for an addition to the main campus building on Beartown Road. The expansion will include additional classrooms, office space, and storage. President Parrish says, “With our increase in staff and new programs, this addition will be a short-term solution to meeting our future needs.”