NTC Continues to Thrive, Grow

May 15th, 2012 | By | Category: 23-4: Investing in Education, Empowering Tribal Communities, Tribal College News
By Daniel Vandever

DEDICATED OFFICIALS. (From left to right) NTC registrar Deloris Becenti, NTC recruiter Jerry Manuelito, NTC instructor Raymond Jim Redhouse, Miss Utah Navajo Terilyn Bellison, NTC dean of instruction Tom Davis, NTC board member Richard Begay, Speaker of the Council Johnny Naize, and NTC president Dr. Elmer Guy pose for a picture at the site dedication in Teec Nos Pos, AZ.

In December, Navajo Technical College (NTC, Crownpoint, NM) welcomed a visiting team from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) to evaluate the application by NTC for a proposed Bachelor of Science degree in industrial engineering.

After a thorough evaluation of the program, the team indicated it would recommend approval of the degree to the HLC Board of Directors. If all goes well, NTC could implement the Navajo Nation’s first industrial engineering program by fall semester of 2012.

In other news, NTC has begun offering a ten-week ranch course at the NTC Veterinary Teaching Hospital on the Crownpoint campus. The course introduces student ranchers to the biological cycle, livestock management, and Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) certification. To accommodate more people, NTC offers classes via Polycom to the community day school in Alamo, NM and to NTC’s instructional site in Chinle, AZ.

On Feb. 10, NTC officials and Teec Nos Pos chapter members dedicated NTC’s new course instruction site at the former Head Start building south of the Teec Nos Pos Chapter House.

The dedication included a traditional blessing by medicine man and educator, Raymond Jim Redhouse. “We want this site to continue to prosper for our future generations,” said Redhouse, who will be instructing courses in Navajo language and culture. “Learning is a journey that never ends, and we want to continue that.”

In addition to Navajo studies courses, the new instruction site will offer Child Development and Growth, Introduction to Technology, and Essentials of Computer Basics, as well as general education courses in English writing, arithmetic, and technical math.

Dignitaries in attendance included Apache County Supervisor Jim Claw, Chinle Justice Court Judge Victor J. Clyde, Council Delegate David Tom (Red Valley Tse’alanaozt’i’i’, Sheepsprings, Beclabito, Gadiiahi/To’Koi and Toadlena/ Two Grey Hills), and Speaker of the Navajo Nation Council, Johnny Naize. Clyde Benally, who served on NTC’s Board of Trustees when the tribal college was the Navajo Skills Center, also attended.

While NTC now offers several fouryear bachelor degrees, Benally remembered when the Navajo Skills Center only offered a certificate of completion, and he and the board had to fight for accreditation just to offer associate degrees. “It’s come a long way from when I was on the Board,” says Benally. “It’s good to see.”

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