Secretary Arne Duncan to speak at SKC commencementJun 6th, 2014 | By tcj | Category: Online TC News, Tribal College News, Web Exclusive
The secretary of the United States Department of Education, Arne Duncan, will give the commencement address at Salish Kootenai College (SKC, Pablo, MT) Saturday, June 6. Duncan’s spokeswoman, Dorie Nolt, stated that the secretary wanted to “celebrate the successes of Native students at this outstanding college.”
SKC will be graduating 200 students, who will receive their diplomas in a variety of fields. Currently the college offers 16 different associate’s degrees, five certificate programs, and 14 baccalaureate degrees. SKC is especially well-known for its strong Bachelor of Science programs in forestry, hydrology, and environmental science. Many graduates in these programs go on to land federal positions with the U.S. forestry and park services.
“Tribal colleges and universities like (SKC) play such a vital role in Indian Country—and in our nation as a whole,” Nolt stated. “They help maintain, preserve, and restore Native languages, history and culture, and provide a high-quality education for tribal families and communities.”