United Tribes Technical College was one of 32 community colleges nationwide selected to receive a portion of the nearly $500 million provided through the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Program funded by the U.S. Departments of Labor and Education.
United Tribes will serve as the facilitator for the Tribal College Consortium for Developing Montana and North Dakota Workforce (TCC DeMaND), which brings together Cankdeska Cikana Community College, in Fort Totten, North Dakota; Fort Peck Community College, in Poplar, Montana; and Aaniiih Nakoda College, in Harlem, Montana, formerly known as Fort Belknap College.
“This is very significant to these tribal colleges, the tribes and the surrounding communities they serve,” said David M. Gipp, United Tribes president, in a release. “These are targeted resources to effectively train and educate students and sustain regional job development.”
With the $18.9 million the TCC DeMaND program aims to:
- accelerate progress for low-skilled and other workers;
- improve retention and achievement rates and/or reduce time in training;
- build programs that meet industry needs, including developing career pathways;
- strengthen online and technology-enabled learning.
As part of the program United Tribes will create a welding certificate program and electrician short-term training certificate. Fort Peck will create welding and certified nurse assistant (CNA) program. Aaniih Nakoda will also develop a CNA program to meet healthcare shortages on the Fort Belknap Reservation. Cankdeska is developing a new associate of applied science degree in heating, ventilation and air conditioning. The schools expect to impact 1,800 students, both Native American and non-Native.