Tribal Colleges receive $5M boost for STEM

February 15, 2024

TLDR: Two Tribal Colleges Receive $5M for STEM Programs

Two tribal colleges in Minnesota have been awarded $5 million in funding from the National Science Foundation to expand their science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs. White Earth Tribal and Community College will use their $2.5 million award to offer an associate’s degree in natural sciences, while Red Lake Nation College will expand curriculum in social and behavioral sciences with a focus on Ojibwe language and culture. The funding aims to provide accessible pathways for Native American students to pursue higher education and integrate tribal cultural heritage into their curriculum.

US Senators Tina Smith and Amy Klobuchar, both from Minnesota, announced the funding, emphasizing the importance of STEM education in meeting the demand for STEM-trained employees. Senator Smith highlighted the significance of integrating tribal heritage and roots into the curriculum to serve Native communities. Expanding higher education offerings is seen as a game changer for students and helps ensure that indigenous language and culture remain key components of their education.

The funding will support the growth of STEM programs at these tribal colleges, providing Native American students with the opportunity to acquire essential skills for in-demand careers. It also recognizes the importance of preserving tribal culture and language while preparing students for success in the modern workforce. This investment will help bridge the gap in STEM education and employment opportunities for Native American communities.

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