Tohono O’odham College Building Teacher Ranks

Feb 15th, 2008 | By | Category: 19-3: Beyond Our Names: Uncovering Identity, Tribal College News

Tohono O’odham Community College (TOCC, Sells, AZ) received a $3.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to fund Project Native America Teachers for Indigenous Values in Education (Project NATIVE II) for 4 years. By working together with the University of Arizona College of Education, the project aims to increase the number of American Indian teachers and administrators in schools serving Native students.

Through the first phase of Project NATIVE, the tribal college placed 12 new teachers on or near the Tohono O’odham Nation. With this phase, TOCC is supporting 20 members of the Tohono O’odham Nation and the nearby Pascua Yaqui Tribe as they earn their bachelor degrees in education and become certified teachers on the Tohono O’odham Nation or in Tucson schools with high American Indian enrollment. The Project NATIVE director is Alma Vince.

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