FPCC Creates Reservation Executive MBA Program

May 15th, 2008 | By | Category: 19-4: Success by Accountability and Assessment, Tribal College News

In January 2007, Fort Peck Community College (FPCC, Poplar, MT) started an Executive Masters of Business Administration program on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation. The program is offered through a matriculation agreement with the University of Mary (UM), which is headquartered in Bismarck, ND (http://www.umary.edu/). Out of 25 students initially enrolled, 19 remain a year later.

While the program was offered to all residents in the area, 16 of the students are Native American, and many are also graduates of FPCC. The cohort is on track to graduate in August of 2008 and will create “a greater pool of resources, a greater knowledge base to call upon,” says Robert McAnally, J.D., former vice president for academic and vocational programs and current faculty member at FPCC. McAnally is also an adjunct faculty member for the UM MBA program.

“This first graduating class will produce a new core of valuable financial and economic management-credentialed individuals. The Fort Peck Reservation community and Indian Country in general must strive to provide locally based higher education through exciting collaborative arrangements such as this. If higher education is truly the path to future economic and social development for reservations, then I believe that such on-reservation, tribal college-based MBA programs are providing the right direction and opportunities,” says McAnally.

Three FPCC staff members are currently in the MBA program: Business Instructor Billie Norgaard (Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa), Business Manager Rose Atkinson (Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux), and Grants Manager Leslie Gourneau (Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux).

FPCC was recently awarded a grant from the American Indian College Fund called the Woksape Oyate: Wisdom of the People Initiative to develop and enhance the intellectual capital of the nation’s tribal colleges and universities. This grant will partially fund the three college employees.

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