SBC expands facilities, will serve Mobridge, SD

Feb 9th, 2012 | By | Category: 23-3: Technology and Culture, Tribal College News

In the spring of 2012, Sitting Bull College (SBC, Fort Yates, ND) will begin offering college coursework in Mobridge, SD.

Jan Brockel, from Selby, SD, will manage the day-to-day operations as the new Mobridge site coordinator. “I believe Mobridge residents should be excited about Sitting Bull College joining the community because it will lead to increased productivity of a trained workforce,” Brockel says. “Small campuses can have a strong economic impact on a community through college spending by administrators, staff, and students.” The opportunity for community members to attend college in Mobridge became a reality earlier this year when the Mobridge-Pollock School District offered to sell the Beadle Elementary School to SBC.

Dr. Koreen Ressler, vice president of academics says, “The building will be ready for use in January 2012 and will include two lecture classrooms, one computer lab, one video-networking classroom, a science laboratory, and two rooms.”

SBC began serving the Standing Rock Reservation and bordering communities in 1973 from its main campus in Fort Yates, ND, and a remote campus in McLaughlin, SD. Both Mobridge and McLaughlin lie within the Standing Rock Reservation.

Since 1999, Sitting Bull College administrators, staff, and board of trustees have moved forward on construction of a new $40-million campus in Fort Yates, including a Cultural Center ($83,000), an 18-unit Student-Family Housing Complex ($1.3 million), Science and Technology Center ($6.2 million), Family Support Center ($3.2 million), Public Transit Center ($1.25 million), Entrepreneurial Center ($3.6 million), Student Support Center/ Library ($3.8 million), and Financial Center ($1 million).

In May 2011, a new $1-million Trades Center was constructed on the new campus in Fort Yates, marking a major milestone when the last two remaining college departments (Building Trades Program and Maintenance Department) relocated from the old campus to the new campus.

SBC offered its first Mobridge classes in a Main Street office (fall 1989 –spring 1998) and later at the Mobridge Sacagawea Learning Center (fall 2003– spring 2007). In the fall 2007, the college moved its operations from the Sacagawea Learning Center to a small retail space on the east end of the town before closing its doors in the summer 2009, due to lack of funding.

For questions about the SBC-Mobridge site, contact Jan Brockel at (605) 8455762 or by email:

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