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Tribal Colleges Breaking Through

Building the Foundation for Success:
Case Studies of Breaking Through Tribal Colleges and Universities

Tribal Colleges Breaking Through, a partnership between Jobs for the Future, the National Council for Workforce Education, and the American Indian Higher Education Consortium, was an eighteen-month initiative focused on piloting workforce and education strategies to better serve low-skilled students at tribal colleges and universities. The Breaking Through Initiative (BT) has demonstrated that by focusing on four key strategies, colleges across the country are able to move academically underprepared adults into postsecondary occupational and technical career programs.

Six institutions participated — Comanche Nation College, Leech Lake Tribal College, Little Big Horn College, Northwest Indian College, Salish Kootenai College, and Sitting Bull College — with each establishing two or more cohorts of GED or developmental education students participating in an integrated career pathway program. NCWE, JFF and AIHEC provided the colleges with technical assistance as they developed curriculum and delivered programs infusing the four key strategies: Program Realignment; Accelerated Learning; Comprehensive Student Supports; and Strong Labor Market Payoffs.


NCWE Technical Assistance Team
Darlene G. Miller, Ed.D.

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