Interior Awards AIHEC Funds for College Pathways

Aug 17th, 2016 | By | Category: Online TC News, Tribal College News, Web Exclusive

The Department of the Interior has awarded $995,000 to the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) to be disbursed among 22 tribal colleges and universities (TCUs), including the two Bureau of Indian Education (BIE)-operated post-secondary schools: Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas, and Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI) in Albuquerque, New Mexico. AIHEC works with more than 45 BIE-funded elementary and secondary schools to create college pathway programs that will help K-12 BIE students graduate from high school and continue to college.

Besides SIPI and Haskell, AIHEC identified 20 TCUs that currently have local BIE feeder schools within their tribal communities. Invitations to participate in this initiative were extended to all 20 of the TCUs. After providing the details and expectations of participation in this initiative, 14 TCUs confirmed participation in the College Bound Initiative. Each college submitted an individualized intervention project plan and budget tailored to their local community needs. The 14 participating TCUs include: Blackfeet Community College, Cankdeska Cikana Community College, College of Menominee Nation, Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, Institute of American Indian Arts, Lac Courte Orielles Ojibwa Community College, Navajo Technical University, Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College, Northwest Indian College, Oglala Lakota College, Sitting Bull College, Salish Kootenai College, Turtle Mountain Community College, and White Earth Tribal and Community College.

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