LCO Provides Literacy Classes, Marten Research

May 15th, 2009 | By | Category: 20-4: Tribal College Leadership and Vision, Tribal College News

Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe Community College (LCCOCC, Hayward, WI) has launched a free Life Skills Reading Program for adults who find that their lack of reading skills gets in the way of personal or career opportunities.

“People come to us to accomplish a simple goal or task, like reading a prescription or filling out an application,” says Susan Reynolds, Life Skills Reading program director at LCO College. “Usually, they want to complete a daily task, like looking for jobs in the paper, or even simply because they want to read to their children or grandchildren.”

The program is open and free. “Adults can tell us what they want to get out of it, and we will tailor the tutoring to meet their needs,” says the program director. “The tutor and the student can devise a schedule that will work for them,” Reynolds says.

In other news, LCO College is helping to restore the pine marten, according to a February 2009 article in News from Indian Country by Nick Vander Puy. The pine marten is a small, brown, weasel-like predator that hunts in the northern Wisconsin mature timber forests. Unrestricted logging and trapping practice over the past century has hurt the animal. Working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission, and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, LCO College is trying to identify the pine marten’s prey base and the impact of logging on its habitat. Mike DeMarr of the LCO faculty is leading the research along with student interns.

LCO Ojibwe Community College, a nationally-accredited public college, offers courses, certificates, and associate or arts and science degrees in Hayward and at outreach sites in Bad River, Red Cliff, St. Croix, and Lac du Flambeau.

For more information on the Life Skills Reading Program, contact Susan Reynolds at LCO College at (715) 634-4790, ext. 166, or leave a message at (715) 798-3189. For information about the pine marten research, contact Mike DeMarr at (715) 634-4790.

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