SIPI Builds Childhood Education Center/LabNov 15th, 2007 | By tcj | Category: 19-2: Our Story, Our Way, Tribal College News
Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI) has constructed a 7,000-square-foot Early Childhood Education Center on its campus in Albuquerque, NM. In order to meet New Mexico’s need for highly qualified early childhood teachers, the college established an Associate of Arts degree program in Early Childhood Education that meets New Mexico state licensure requirements and is fully transferable to 4-year degree programs in New Mexico and elsewhere.
The new center will serve as an early childhood laboratory school and as a licensed practicum site for pre-service teachers. It is designed to provide quality childcare for low- and moderate-income students attending SIPI, staff and faculty of SIPI, and other federal employees.
Designed in the Pueblo architectural style, the building features a kitchen to provide meals for the children, as well as healthy cooking demonstrations for parents. U.S. Department of Energy funds are being used to purchase and install solar electric panels to generate sustainable power and reduce energy consumption for the building and the campus.
The total estimated cost of the project is $2.5 million. Funds were provided by the U.S. Department of Education ($1,109,952), U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development ($400,000), U.S. Department of Agriculture ($248,820), U.S. Department of Energy ($20,000), the American Indian College Fund ($395,000), and the State of New Mexico ($410,000).
The building was designed by Dyron Murphy Architects, Inc. It was constructed by Michael S. Rich Contractors, Inc. Project management was provided by the Bureau of Indian Affairs Office of Facilities Management and Construction and Dyron Murphy Architects, Inc.
Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute is a national Indian community college operated by the Bureau of Indian Education, U.S. Department of the Interior. Founded in 1971, SIPI is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, and provides career technical training and two-year transfer degree programs to all 550 federally recognized tribes in the United States.