Cankdeska Cikana Community College Participates in Advanced Manufacturing Initiative

Dec 3rd, 2015 | By | Category: Online TC News, Tribal College News, Web Exclusive
By Melody Volk

The advanced manufacturing initiative will allow students to use 3D printers to manufacture products.

Cankdeska Cikana Community College (CCCC) has received a $150,000 planning grant from the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) through the American Indian Higher Education Consortium to participate in an advanced manufacturing network initiative. This initiative will establish a network of tribal colleges and universities (TCUs) that will develop and implement associated academic programs, including workforce training through private sector and federal agency partnerships.

The goal of the initiative is to create economic and employment opportunities between industry and tribal communities through the design, manufacturing, and marketing of high-quality products. The advanced manufacturing initiative will provide American Indian college students with technical skills and the opportunity to utilize those skills in their home communities.


The finished product, produced in a 3D printer.

“The new alliance with the Department of Energy and the tribal college system is innovated development that will have a variety of potential applications,” states CCCC president Cynthia Lindquist. “Tribal college students need diverse paths that contribute to the vitality of our communities. We are collaborating with Sioux Manufacturing Corporation in Fort Totten as the program is designed and developed,” President Lindquist explains.

CCCC will begin the advanced manufacturing course series in January 2016 with a class entitled, Introduction to Advanced Manufacturing. The course will provide a survey of the major topics, technical skills requirements, and career opportunities in the manufacturing sector. Lab work will provide students an introduction to product design and production using 3D software and printers. “This experience will give CCCC students another cutting edge technical option to consider as they prepare themselves to take advantage of workforce opportunities in science, technology, engineering, or math disciplines,” says Karl Haefner, 3D Auto-Cad instructor at CCCC.

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