Federal Funds To Develop TCU Programs, FacilitiesNov 15th, 2007 | By tcj | Category: 19-2: Our Story, Our Way, Tribal College News
U.S. Sens. Kent Conrad and Byron Dorgan and U.S. Rep. Earl Pomeroy announced nearly $2.1 million in federal grants to five North Dakota tribal colleges. “Our Native American students deserve every opportunity to succeed in life. A key to that success is a quality education. These funds will enable students at North Dakota tribal colleges to pursue an education and work towards achieving their dreams,” the delegation said in a joint statement.
Turtle Mountain Community College (TMCC, Belcourt, ND) was awarded a $195,176 grant through the U.S. Department of Education’s Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program to develop a computer science program at the school. “In today’s high-tech economy, this grant is great news for Turtle Mountain. This is an economic development grant as well as an education grant,” the delegation said in a joint statement. “This funding will help raise the computer proficiency of Turtle Mountain students and also increase the number of computer-literate, highly skilled tech employees in North Dakota.”
TMCC is working with Valley City State College to develop both a 2-year and a 4-year Computer Science program leading to an associate or bachelor’s degree.
Another set of grants was awarded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Tribal Colleges and Universities Program: Sitting Bull College (Fort Yates, ND) received $600,000; Cankdeska Cikana Community College (Fort Totten, ND) received $599,309; and Fort Berthold Community College (New Town, ND) received $391,881. The funds will allow the schools to expand and renovate facilities.
In addition, United Tribes Technical College (UTTC, Bismarck, ND) was awarded $299,512 by the Department of Justice to combat campus crime. Specifically, UTTC will partner with the Abused Adult Resource Center, Burleigh County Sheriff’s Department, and the Bismarck Police Department to prevent violent crimes against women on campus.
For information, contact Sean Neary (Conrad) at telephone number (202)224-2043, Brenden Timpe (Dorgan) at telephone number (202)224-0140, or Sandra Salstrom (Pomeroy) at telephone number (202) 225-2611.