FBC, FPCC, MSU Create New Teacher Program

May 15th, 2010 | By | Category: 21-4: Native American Studies, Summer 2010, Tribal College News

CREATING TEACHERS. The team that created the new teacher education program met at Fort Belknap College Nov. 30. From left are: Clarena Brockie, Annette Young, Dr. Margarett Campbell, Jessica Stiffarm, Dr. Deborah His Horse Is Thunder, and Vicki Hayes.

Fort Belknap College (FBC, Harlem, MT) has created a new teacher education program, Nee-tha-hatsanak/ Wa’Uspe-Wicakiya. Classes will be offered via Vision Net videoconferencing in collaboration with Fort Peck Community College (FPCC) in Poplar, MT, and Montana State University (MSU)-Northern in Havre.

The college has collaborated with FPCC on teacher education in the past. In fact, this is the third teacher education program the U.S. Department of Education has approved and funded through FBC. The new program builds on the success of past programs with the added convenience of the videoconferencing option for elementary education students. Students in the secondary education program will attend classes at the MSU-Northern campus.

“We’re very pleased to offer this new program and encourage students to take advantage of this great opportunity to continue their education,” says the project’s director, FBC Dean of Students Clarena Brockie. The program will offer bachelor’s degrees in elementary and secondary education to a total of 30 students – 15 attending FBC and 15 attending FPCC.

To qualify for the program, a student must be tribally enrolled, maintain a grade point average of 2.5 or better, and complete his or her associate’s degree by the Fall semester of 2010.

Preference will be given to students from tribal colleges and those in the elementary education program. All students must complete their bachelor’s degree in elementary education or secondary education by the Spring semester of 2012.

Program director Annette Young and proctor Jessica Stiffarm will staff the project at FBC with Brockie. Young is a doctoral candidate in teacher leadership and holds a Master’s Degree in English and Bachelor’s Degrees in Elementary Education and English. Stiffarm has a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. Brockie recently completed the coursework for a Master’s Degree in American Indian studies through the University of Arizona. The FBC team will collaborate with Vicki Hayes at MSU-Northern and former FBC President Dr. Margarett Campbell at Fort Peck Community College.

For more information, call (406) 353- 2607, ext. 260.

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