CCCC Teaches Through Tilling, Model Towers

Nov 15th, 2008 | By | Category: 20-2: Native Green, Tribal College News

Cankdeska Cikana Community College (CCCC, Fort Totten, ND) reaches out to its community through a host of projects. During the late spring, students in CCCC’s Natural Resource Science program tilled over 100 gardens for Spirit Lake residents, the majority of who were elderly. The students also grow flowers, vegetables, and traditional plants in the college’s greenhouse and gardens. In the fall, they hold a farmer’s market for the community.

CCCC Cultural Advisory Board Member Steven Hoksina (Spirit Lake Dakota) was honored at his 92nd birthday with cakes and good wishes. A celebration banquet was also held for 30 high school graduates who were involved during the school year in CCCC’s Talent Search TRIO program. The students received sweatshirts and framed photos.

The Epscor High School summer camp held in June at CCCC is designed to promote increased Native student participation in the disciplines of mathematics, science, and technology. Students from four high schools (Four Winds, Warwick, Devils Lake, and Minnewaukan) were involved in a two-week camp where they studied robotics, their carbon footprint, the scientific method, and model rockets and towers.

The participants conducted research and presented their findings through PowerPoint presentations. Each participant was paid a daily stipend of $25, and upon successful completion and attendance, each received an additional $100. Two math instructors assisted: John Lohnes of Four Winds High School and Chris Dahlen of CCCC.

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