Keweenaw Bay Expanding Degree OfferingsFeb 15th, 2002 | By tcj | Category: 13-3: Sustaining Our Future, Tribal College News
Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College (KBOCC) will soon join the ranks of other tribal colleges offering an associate degree in Environmental Earth Science. With a grant from the All Nations Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation, Treneice Marshall was hired as project coordinator and is developing the program, in partnership with Michigan Technological University and tribal colleges in the mid-west region.
The goal is to increase the number of Native students earning B.S. degrees in SMET (science, math, engineering, and technology) programs. This project is a big step toward producing Native American graduates who can support the long-term water resource planning and management goals of the Keewenaw Bay Indian community, become faculty of KBOCC in the Earth Science field, or become secondary teachers, according to KBOCC President Debra Parrish. Additionally, tribal members and staff will be involved to help incorporate traditional values, customs, and beliefs into the curriculum, something uniquely important to tribally controlled colleges and universities.
KBOCC also received a U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development grant, “Building to Enhance Science Training” (BEST), which will cover the costs of renovating the existing facility for an updated science lab. Renovation includes rerouting plumbing, installing additional electrical outlets, installing ventilation to the outside, lowering a ceiling for appropriate task lighting and ventilation system, and removing inner walls.