Students participate in UM-TERM program

Jun 14th, 2013 | By | Category: Online TC News, Tribal College News, Web Exclusive
By Jeremy Guinn
UM-TERM program

TESTING THE WATERS. A student draws samples from the Upper Missouri River watershed as part of the UM-TERM program.

The Upper Missouri Tribal Environmental Risk Mitigation (UM-TERM) program is offering advanced education and training for tribal college students and tribal members across the Upper Missouri River watershed. With a focus on training a workforce and starting businesses in environmental risk management fields, the program reaches out to 19 reservations and includes activities at seven tribal colleges.

Regional training centers for the program are at Fort Berthold Community College (New Town, ND), Fort Peck Community College (Poplar, MT), Cankdeska Cikana Community College (Fort Totten, ND), Sinte Gleska University (Mission, SD), Sitting Bull College (Fort Yates, ND), Turtle Mountain Community College (Belcourt, ND), and United Tribes Technical College (Bismarck, ND).

Students receive training in environmental science, natural resources management, GIS (geographic information systems), remote sensing, water and waste management, Federal Emergency Management Agency hazard preparation, Occupational Safety and Health Administration certifications, lead and asbestos, hazardous waste disposal, all-terrain vehicle and boat safety, and environmental sampling. An annual UM-TERM forum brings all participants together and provides updates on environmental issues and solutions pertaining to Northern Plains reservations.

The program operates through a Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge Grant and also receives funding from the Department of Labor, the Economic Development Administration, and the Small Business Administration.

The UM-TERM website contains environmental information from the region and includes job announcements, sample student resumes, and a regularly updated discussion forum that features fresh topics and news. Instructors can also use the site for course activities. For more information, visit online.


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