This program is designed to prepare students for transfer to a four-year institution of higher learning in an engineering discipline. Students who complete this program will have a background in mathematics, science, and engineering that enables them to succeed in the 3rd and 4th year of an ABET accredited 4-year engineering program.
This collaboration among Cankdeska Cikana Community College, Ft. Berthold Community College, Turtle Mountain Community College, Sitting Bull College, and North Dakota State University, NDSU, is the culmination of more than 11 years of active engagement in STEM education on the reservation, including a year-long academic sabbatical at TMCC by an engineering professor. It supports a tribal college vision of expanded life-choices for reservation residents that could provide more technical competency for tribal decisionmaking, infrastructure improvement and the opportunity for personal and tribal advancement without loss of cultural heritage. For NDSU the benefits would include expanded participation of culturally diverse students, shared fulfillment of the 1862/1994 land grant mission, improved faculty-student communication and interaction and expansion of the talent pool entering STEM professions. The heart is the interaction of tribal high school, tribal college, mainstream University and engineering profession stakeholders to facilitate the recruitment, education and support of tribal students to acquire and hone the skills that will allow them to enter the engineering profession or contribute in some other fashion to their communities and the nation. This will accomplish this vision by impacting students through interactions with faculty/staff, curriculum and supporting functions/agencies. All of this will be accomplished in a culturally supportive fashion.
For information about the Pre-Engineering program, contact Cara Moulton at (701)854-8058.