Cankdeska Cikana Community College to Open New Head Start Facility

Oct 6th, 2015 | By | Category: Online TC News, Tribal College News, Web Exclusive

From Left: Nancy Green-Roberson, the secretary and treasurer of the Spirit Lake Tribe; Ryan Taylor, North Dakota’s USDA director; Lisa Mensah, the USDA under secretary; Myra Pearson, chairwoman of the Spirit Lake Nation; Cynthia Lindquist, CCCC president; and Kenny Baker, St Michael district representative on the Spirit Lake Tribal Council.

Spirit Lake Nation tribal leaders met today with U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) and USDA Rural Development Under Secretary Lisa Mensah to discuss the development of a new Head Start building that will be situated at Cankdeska Cikana Community College (CCCC). The collaborative project is supported by the Office of Head Start, CCCC, USDA Rural Development, and the Spirit Lake Tribal Council.

CCCC assumed control over the management of the Spirit Lake Tribe’s Head Start program in January 2014. Dr. Cynthia Lindquist, president of CCCC, noted that there has been a great need for a new Head Start facility, as there have been deficiencies in classroom space and in the buildings themselves—many of which are dilapidated modular structures in great need of renovation. “CCCC is approved for two USDA Rural Development community facilities loans, totaling $7.6 million,” Lindquist states. “Plus we have received $900,000 from the Office of Head Start.”

The new facility will serve up to 184 children in the Spirit Lake community, ages 0 to 5. Lindquist notes that it will be approximately 41,000 square feet, house 19 classrooms, and will be in full compliance with all Head Start guidelines.

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