United Tribes NewsUTTC classes begin August 19
3 August 2004
BISMARCK, ND - Fall Semester classes at United Tribes Technical College are scheduled to begin Thursday, August 19. Three days of orientation precede the start of classes for students at the campus in Bismarck.
"We're expecting another term of continued growth," said Kathy Johnson, UTTC Enrollment Services Director. "Judging from our admissions contacts in July, the forecast is good both onsite and online."
Over the past two years the college experienced strong enrollment growth. The student count for the 2003-04 academic year was 862, an all time high. The school honored its largest class of campus-based graduates, 89 students, at a ceremony in May.
For the coming year, UTTC has three new associate degree programs: Elementary Education/Special Education, Office Technology - Medical, and Office Technology - Information Processing Specialist. The new offerings bring to 17 the number of vocational and academic programs. The college offers 11 certificate programs.
"In the past year, the most popular of the school's vocations was Licensed Practical Nursing," said Johnson. Seventy-two students were enrolled in nursing, followed by 58 in Computer Support Technology, and 53 in Criminal Justice.
Taking advantage of educational services from a distance, nearly 100 students in 2003-04 were located off campus, including 57 at the Owens Valley Career Development Center, a UTTC branch campus at Bishop, CA.
Last year the college became the first tribal college in the nation to receive accreditation to confer Associate of Applied Science degrees in two programs offered entirely online: Injury Prevention and Early Childhood Education. The North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA) accredits all UTTC course offerings.
Fall orientation starts Monday, August 16 at 9 a.m. with a mandatory pre-orientation for students with children. The college is committed to providing housing for students and their families. On campus services for children include an infant/toddler center, a pre-school, and the k-8 Theodore Jamerson Elementary School.
An orientation overview, including introduction of student ambassadors and the college deans, along with a welcome address from UTTC President David M. Gipp, is set for Tuesday, August 17 at 1 p.m.
Meeting with advisors, class registration and campus tours take place on Wednesday, August 18. Classes start the following day.
Entertainment during orientation includes a ride on a riverboat on the Missouri River, Monday, August 16 at 8 p.m. The cruise and pizza feed is offered to the first 125 new students to board. A picnic is scheduled for Tuesday, August 17 at 5 p.m. near the UTTC cafeteria, followed by an outdoor contemporary music jam called "Culture Shock," from 7 p.m. to midnight. Winners will be drawn for prizes during orientation wrap-up at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, August 18.
The start of school comes three weeks prior to the 35th Annual United Tribes International Powwow set for September 9 - 12. No classes are scheduled on the Labor Day, Monday Holiday or the Friday of powwow.
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