The Jack Barden Student Life and Technology Center is a new facility for recreation and educational activities for students, parents, children and families that attend UTTC. Activities are held during regular hours (8:00 am to 5:00 pm), evenings, and weekends. The Center includes a study area, computer lab, meeting rooms, Interactive Video Network (IVN) classrooms, and recreation area. The UTTC Wopila Coffee Shop and the UTTC Bookstore are located on the lower level.
The Center was named to honor the memory of Dr. Jack Barden, who was an enthusiastic leader in American Indian Education issues. He was one of the founders of the Standing Rock Community College (now known as Sitting Bull College), and worked with United Tribes Technical College for many years. Jack worked with the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) from its inception in 1973, aiding in the development of higher education programs in Native American communities across the nation, Alaska, and even in Canada. He also served as the Associate Director for Higher Education Program Development of the North Dakota Association of Tribal Colleges.