UTTC’s president is “champion of change”Feb 9th, 2012 | By tcj | Category: 23-3: Technology and Culture, Tribal College News
From the White House Office of Communications
In an increasingly competitive global economy, America’s economic strength depends upon the education and skills of its workers. In the coming years, nearly eight in ten new jobs will require higher education and workforce training. To meet this need, President Obama set a goal for America: to have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world by 2020.
America’s community colleges are essential to reaching that goal, and the president is working to support community colleges in graduating an additional 5 million students by the end of this decade.
Each week the White House highlights “Champions of Change” who are making an impact in their communities and helping America rise to meet the challenges of the 21st century. On Sept. 21, 2011, the White House invited President David M. Gipp, of United Tribes Technical College (UTTC, Bismarck, ND), to participate in a roundtable discussion on the positive impact of many community colleges across the nation.
Gipp has been president of the college since 1977 and has worked with and served on the board of the United Tribes of North Dakota during its founding days in 1969–1972. He was instrumental in developing the first national legislation (enabled in 1978), which assists “tribally controlled community colleges and universities.” President Gipp is a strong believer that all of us—including American Indians—“must do for ourselves what no one else can do, and that is to take control of our own destinies by making our own decisions and taking action to improve our lives.”
Gipp and UTTC are being recognized by the White House for their strong role in the development of the entire community, and leadership in serving American Indian students, in particular.