NWIC Gets Candidacy For 4-Year Bachelor DegreeNov 15th, 2007 | By tcj | Category: 19-2: Our Story, Our Way, Tribal College News
Northwest Indian College (NWIC, Bellingham, WA) recently passed a significant milestone toward expanding into a 4-year environmental degree. Its accreditation agency, the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), granted the tribal college candidacy status for its Bachelor of Science degree in Native Environmental Science.
NWIC was also granted accreditation to offer an Associate of Applied Science-Transfer (AAS-T) in Early Childhood Education (ECE) degree program, effective fall 2007. These program expansions are helping to fulfill NWIC’s overall strategic plan.
“Native people have incredible scientific and environmental knowledge to share as we explore how to live on the earth in a good way. This degree honors that knowledge while exposing our students to the tools and resources of Western science,” NWIC President Cheryl Crazy Bull says.
The A.A.S.-Transfer degree in Early Childhood Education is designed for people pursuing careers in the early child care and education field. With a strong emphasis in early childhood, students are prepared for positions as lead teachers and for a variety of other employment opportunities in Head Start, child care, and other birth-to-six programs.
NWCCU is the regional accrediting agency responsible for monitoring the accreditation status of colleges and universities in a multi-state region including the state of Washington. NWIC will host an evaluation committee in the fall of 2008.
NWIC has also initiated a new training program that provides hands-on experience servicing slot machines. Students will also learn gaming laws and regulations, such as the difference between Class I and Class III gaming. Instructors include slot technicians currently employed at the Tulalip Casino.
This new program is considered a capstone course, which means the course is taught after a series of pre-requisite classes are completed by the students. Through a joint venture, classes are offered at Everett Community College and NWIC-Tulalip.
“We’re very excited to assist tribal communities we serve whenever we see an opportunity. That was the main goal of the tribal college movement,” said NWIC President Crazy Bull.
In May, NWIC hosted the Revitalization Salish and Neighboring Language Conference. It was the first conference for Native language teachers in the state of Washington since landmark government-to-government legislation created a separate certification for Native language teachers in Washington state schools. The conference was funded through grants made by the Puyallup, Lummi, Tulalip, Quinault, and Suquamish Tribes.
For information, contact Aaron Thomas, director of public relations, Northwest Indian College by phone at (360) 410-9304, email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.nwic.edu.