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December 27, 2003 - Issue 103


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FDLTCC gets $1.9 million federal grant

CLOQUET - Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College has been awarded a $1,975,000 Title III grant from the United States Department of Education, Office of Post secondary Education, to develop a new four-year degree program and supporting educational opportunities in the subject area of Sustainable Development.

The grant term runs five years from October, 2003, through September, 2008. Dr. Jean E. Ness, from the University of Minnesota Institute on Community Integration, is the grant author and will serve as Project Director and Principal Investigator. Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College recently expanded its mission to include offering a limited number of four-year, baccalaureate degree programs. In the first part of 2003, the college received approval to provide bachelors degrees in Elementary Education from the Minnesota Legislature and the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees. The college hopes to gain the necessary approvals for the Sustainable Development degree during the early months of 2004.

"This grant will greatly benefit the development of our new degree program," said Sr. Therese Gutting, Ed.D., vice president of academic affairs at FDLTCC. "It gives us the opportunity to create and implement the best possible courses, degree program, and learning resources for students. There are very few colleges and universities across the country offering a program similar to this, so this puts us on a leading edge of education again. We want our program to be the best."

The design of the new degree program in Sustainable Development will include a unique combination of core courses plus a choice of four specialized areas, including Small Business Entrepreneurship and Management, Environmental Science, Renewable Energy Systems, and American Indian Studies. Students graduating with degrees in Sustainable Development will be well-prepared for employment in a variety of situations such as large corporate and small business settings, natural resources agencies, energy production companies and large energy consumers, tribal organizations, and public entities.

The grant project specifies four key objectives. The first is to develop courses and gain the necessary approvals for the four-year degree program. The second is to increase and maintain the college library infrastructure to include resources and references in Small Business Management and Sustainable Development to support bachelors degree-seeking students. Third, establish on campus a Midwest Woodland Wisdom American Indian Business Leaders Headquarters within the degree program. The fourth is to develop and implement strategies and tools to measure, assess, and predict student retention in the Sustainable Development baccalaureate degree program.

The project aims to work on developing curriculum, establishing degree requirements, and gaining program approvals in the first year of the grant. Goals of the subsequent years include implementation of the degree program and establishing the educational support resources in years two through five.

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