Central Wyoming College signs agreement with the Northern Arapaho Business Council To Offer College Courses on the Reservation
May 24, 2019 by Laura Phagan
Central Wyoming College has been working with the Northern Arapaho tribe for more than a year to jointly offer college courses on the Wind River Indian Reservation. On Friday, May 24 CWC and the Northern Arapaho Business Council signed an agreement for the “CWC Wind River” initiative that will provide college courses on the Wind River Indian Reservation at the Wind River Tribal College. The Northern Arapaho tribe will provide support staff and CWC will provide faculty who will teach courses.
We are always looking for better ways to serve students. It’s exciting to build upon the existing strengths of the tribe and CWC to improve the education available to the Wind River Indian Reservation residents. ”
Louisa Hunkerstorm, CWC director of institutional effectiveness
Anyone is welcome to enroll in CWC Wind River courses. CWC Wind River staff will assist students academically and non-academically and will connect students with CWC and tribal resources.
“This will allow students to earn more college credits without leaving the reservation,” Hunkerstorm said. “And will offer students additional support beyond what CWC can provide.”
Students taking CWC Wind River courses will have access to all CWC resources which includes advising, financial aid, tutoring, college events and more.
Currently, full degree programs will not be offered through CWC Wind River, only specific courses. However, that is a future aspiration for both CWC and the Northern Arapaho tribe. The initial course offerings will be popular courses that can be used towards earning certificates or degrees at CWC or can be transferred to other institutions.
Key stakeholders in the process have been Marlin Spoonhunter, president of the WRTC; the Northern Arapaho Business Council; Dr. Brad Tyndall, president of CWC; Hunkerstorm; Dr. Kathy Wells, vice president for academic affairs, Mark Nordeen, dean of arts and sciences; Cory Daly, vice president for student affairs; and Ivan Posey, tribal education coordinator.
Initially, courses will be offered at the Wind River Tribal College in Ethete. CWC hopes to expand services to other locations on the Wind River Indian Reservation. CWC courses at WRTC will start this summer with courses in tribal resource management and economic development. Courses offered this fall will be English, Arapaho language, math, public speaking, intercultural communication, American Indians in contemporary society, Indians of the Wind River and Federal Indian law.