CCCC Celebrates 35th By Offering New Arts Degree

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

Dennis Hill (Spirit Lake Dakota) in beginning woodworking class. Photo by Sharon Peltier

In spring 2009, Cankdeska Cikana Community College (CCCC, Fort Totten, ND) began offering an Associate’s of Applied Science Degree in Fine Art that emphasizes Fine Arts, Graphic Arts, and Animation. The program focuses on careers in the graphic and animation arts industry and on marketing strategies for the fine artist.

Students have access to the latest technologies. The faculty is comprised of professional artists practicing in their fields of expertise. CCCC plans to use “webcast” with some of the courses in collaboration with United Tribes Technical College (Bismarck, ND). The lead faculty member is Dustin Black.

Chartered 35 years ago in 1974, CCCC now offers a variety of certificate and degree programs as well as research opportunities. CCCC operates a Native American Career and Technical Education Program (NACTEP), which is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education through the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (Perkins IV).

The program at CCCC focuses on educating up to 15 students in the area of Finish Carpentry and up to 10 students in the area of Medical Assistant each semester. Upon successful completion of the 39 college credits toward either program, a one-year certificate will be awarded. Students who maintain satisfactory academic progress throughout the semester receive a weekly stipend to assist them with gas, daycare, meals, and other living expenses. Dixie Omen directs the program.

Four tribal colleges in North Dakota, including CCCC, hold a monthly Sunday Academy from December 2008 to April 2009. The North Dakota Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) offered science- and math-related activities to high school students by bringing in TCU faculty, North Dakota University System professors, and area high school teachers as instructors.

EPSCoR is designed to assist scientists in states that traditionally have lacked strong university-based research efforts to compete more successfully for a portion of the federal academic research and development budget. The research program is funded through federal-state-private sector partnerships. Lane Azure, faculty at CCCC, coordinates the school’s program.

CCCC is also an official testing site for Microsoft Office Specialists and for Internet and Computer Core Certification (IC3 certification). Both computer certification programs are funded by Title III and are coordinated by Title III Director Stuart Young and instructor Paul Keating.

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