NTU sites to receive state funding

Apr 1st, 2014 | By | Category: Online TC News, Tribal College News, Web Exclusive
By Daniel Vandever

Arizona governor Jan Brewer and Navajo Nation president Ben Shelly have signed an amendment to the Arizona Funding Compact that will provide $7 million over the next eight years to Navajo Technical University’s (NTU, Crownpoint, NM) instructional sites in Chinle and Teec Nos Pos, Arizona. The allocated funds will be used for maintenance, renewal, and capital expenses, and will be instrumental for the construction of a fully functional campus at NTU’s fastest growing site in Chinle.

“It is NTU’s mission to provide the opportunity for all Navajo students to obtain a quality higher education closer to home,” stated NTU president Dr. Elmer J. Guy. “In receiving the additional funds through the Arizona Funding Compact, we will be able to provide the necessary resources for students in Chinle.”

NTU’s Chinle instructional site, which opened in 2006, has seen rapid growth over the past five years and serves over 600 students. Classes are taught currently in a variety of places, including at Chinle High School and in a series of modular trailers. “The community and the surrounding towns have a great need for education,” stated Chinle site director Arlena Benallie. “Having a university locally will not only benefit us educationally but economically as well.”

The amendment to the Arizona Compact was presented under Arizona House Bill 2009, which allocated $875,000 to NTU in addition to the $1.75 million that Diné College (Tsaile, AZ) currently receives through transaction privilege tax revenues collected in the Navajo Nation. NTU expects to break ground for a new campus in Chinle just southeast of the Chinle comprehensive health care facility by early summer.

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