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ERIC Number: EJ867402
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1052-5505
Never Too Young to Learn: At Tribal Colleges Nationwide, Educators Set Their Sights on Children
Talahongva, Patty
Tribal College Journal of American Indian Higher Education, v21 n2 p14-20 Win 2009
Each semester, hundreds of children find themselves on the campus of a tribal college or university. While their parents are busy working toward that associate's or bachelor's degree, the children are getting their own dose of college life. From Ilisagvik College in Barrow, Alaska--the "northernmost accredited community college"--to Tohono O'odham Community College in Arizona along the United States-Mexico border, tribal colleges are broadening their visions of education in Indian Country. Their focus may be college students, but they are also reaching out to introduce higher education to little ones still in diapers and those approaching adolescence. Some of the programs are geared toward making sure these young learners have a healthy outlook on higher education. Other programs help parents as they strive to reach their own collegiate goals. Getting American Indian students comfortable with the idea of going to college and nurturing their confidence for success creates a good foundation. Thanks to the dual credit programs many tribal colleges and universities have, high school students can earn college credits. This article describes how colleges entice younger children to elevate their dreams through dual credits, entrepreneurship camps, enrichment programs, field trips, and internships.
Tribal College Journal of American Indian Higher Education. P.O. Box 720, Mancos, CO 81328. Tel: 888-899-6693; Fax: 970-533-9145; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Arizona; Minnesota; North Dakota