OLC Expands Facilities At Rapid City Extension

May 15th, 2010 | By | Category: 21-4: Native American Studies, Summer 2010, Tribal College News

To accommodate a record enrollment, Oglala Lakota College (OLC, Kyle, SD) is expanding its facilities. The tribal college reached an all-time high with 1,804 students registered for the Fall 2009 semester. OLC President Thomas Shortbull says, “Because of the increased enrollment at the Rapid City Extension Center, we will be expanding this center with a $800,000 grant from HUD, increasing the classrooms to 19.”

The Rapid City Extension Center has become the largest of OLC’s centers. Shirley Lewis, the director at Rapid City, says, “We have come a long way since holding classes in a portion of the gym at the Mother Butler Center with overcrowded classrooms, inadequate partitions, poor lighting, and one office for staff.” Students now have 15 classrooms, six offices, a small library, and a student lounge.

A four-year tribal college, OLC was chartered by the Oglala Sioux Tribe 39 years ago. In addition to the Rapid City extension center, OLC has nine college centers on the Pine Ridge Reservation and one on the Cheyenne River Reservation. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.

OLC has obtained grants for construction and renovations at its reservation campuses, too, including a $1.6 million grant for the student dorm in Kyle. With a Title III grant from the U.S. Department of Education, the college completed the Head Start building in Martin, SD, and started construction on Head Start centers in Manderson and Kyle. Construction of a multi-purpose building on the administrative campus outside of Kyle is well underway. The building will house a regulation-size college gym and classrooms for OLC’s Lakota language immersion classes.

For more information, see www. olc.edu.

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