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Progress reported in workforce training project

21 May 2012

BISMARCK (UTN) - Substantial progress is being made by all four of the tribal colleges involved in the TCC DeMaND project. That’s the conclusion of the project coordinators following recent site visits.

TCC DeMaND is the acronym for Tribal College Consortium for Developing Montana and North Dakota Workforce project, coordinated by United Tribes Technical College, Bismarck, ND.

New workforce development center at ANC, Harlem, MT

Project Director Dave Archambault II and External Evaluator Leah Woodke recently visited each of the college sites in North Dakota and Montana, viewed the progress being made, and compiled the following update. In addition to progress on the project goals, the are encourage to see that each college is building greater capacity to better serve their constituents and the needs of their communities.

Aaniiih Nakoda College
ANC is in the process of constructing a new Workforce Development Center on campus in Harlem, MT. The construction is funded by Department of Education Title III. The new building will provide state-of-the-art classrooms and lab space for some of the new instructional programs offered through TCC DeMaND. Included in the building will be space for DeMaND offices, computer lab, classrooms with SMART Boards, and shop space for the welding and building trades programs.

ANC has also renovated a space located in the lower level of its Technology Center to accommodate the growing Allied Health Program that uses patient simulators to help students become proficient with various health related tasks. DeMaND programs offered in this space will be CNA, EMT and Phlebotomy.

Space under construction for CCCC’s HVAC training

Cankdeska Cikana Community College
CCCC at Fort Totten, ND has started refurbishing an old gymnasium into state-of-the-art classroom and lab space for the new HVAC/R program. If previous renovation projects are any indication of what the college can accomplish on a limited budget, the HVAC classroom promises to be one of the best in the state.

Previous projects completed by the college include a new gymnasium with a walking track, and an auditorium that can be used by the community.

In addition to its HVAC/R program, CCCC is investigating the feasibility of offering an additional program of study through DeMaND.

FPCC campus at Wolf Point, MT

Fort Peck Community College
FPCC has been very successful at engaging the whole community of Poplar, MT in the TCC DeMaND project. Tribal Chairman Floyd G. Azure is very supportive of the project, as is the staff of the TERO program and the community based workforce committee.

The college has classroom space and other buildings located throughout the communities of Poplar and Wolf Point. FPCC is using the project to help the communities be more innovative with their training and education programs, to include block scheduling, and to modularize the curriculum.

With the oil boom creeping into the region, the college and tribes are planning for how best to prepare their workforce and improve infrastructure. They are considering offering an oil field training program in partnership with the Fort Peck TERO office.

United Tribes Technical College
As the lead consortium member, UTTC is home to the project director and assistant. The college has been recruiting students to its Electrician program. This is a partnership with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) union. It includes eight weeks of classroom study and another eight weeks of paid pre-apprenticeship coordinated through the NJATC of the IBEW. In the pre-apprenticeship, students are placed with journeymen electricians and are supervised by UTTC to ensure that the learning objectives of the pre-apprenticeship are met. The Electrician program is to begin May 29 and end in September.

UTTC is also preparing to offer a new, state-of-the-art welding program. The college is leveraging resources from EDA to renovate space in the college’s Skill Center that had formerly been used to teach welding but was discontinued over a decade ago. Equipment for the program was underwritten through both EDA and DOL, and includes four welding simulators. These will help save on the cost of practice materials used by students. The program is on track to begin in early fall 2012, along with a GIS program offered through the DeMaND project.

For more information about the opportunities for student training and business partnerships in this workforce training project, please contact David Archambault II, TCC DeMaND Project Director, 701-255-3285 x1491, darchambault@uttc.edu.





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