TCU Computer Science Capacity
Building

2021-2025

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About The Program

Through the generous funding of private donors, the four-year $2.7M TCU Computer Science Capacity Building program provides the opportunity for TCUs to build institutional capacity through increased computer science education that strengthens tribal sovereignty. This is accomplished by developing computer science degree programs and by fostering integration of computer science education within the general education curriculum and other disciplines.

To support that goal, the College Fund has identified the following outcomes for this program:

  1. TCU grantee develops computer science programming reflective of student engagement, faculty development, institutional capacity, and community outreach.
  2. Students at TCUs develop baseline computer science knowledge informing career choices, community social and economic development, and research.
  3. Faculty have the opportunity for professional development that increases their understanding of computer science concepts and the integration of concepts throughout curriculum.
  4. Tribal communities, agencies, and governments use computer science capabilities to improve social and economic outcomes.
  5. Institutional capacity to maintain computer science programming is developed through student engagement, faculty development, and community outreach.

While the primary focus of the grant supports faculty hiring, professional development, and curriculum/program design, TCUs identified additional areas for building capacity. These areas seek to integrate community outreach, place-based projects, intergenerational transfer of knowledge, K-12 pathways, and student support through industry internships/mentorships. Some of the desired activities relate to improving education; developing apps for activating languages, stewarding land, and connecting culture and food sovereignty; bringing visibility to Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women; managing health care systems and tracking COVID and other health outcomes; creating virtual/augmented reality experiences; visualizing history and genealogy; building tribal businesses; and ensuring access to emergency services.

While the opportunities are truly limitless, success is dependent on sustained funding from the private sector.

Our Programs Blogs

Articles and success from the College Fund programs team.

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Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe College (LCOOC) is one of the tribal colleges participating in the College Fund’s ongoing Native Students Stepping Forward: High School Equivalency Completion Program. Recently added to the College Fund’s program, LCOOC’s General Educational Degree/High School Equivalency Degree (GED/HSED) Program has experienced a lot of transitions and transformations to get where it is today.

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A Time for Change and Innovation – Native Arts and Distance Learning  

A Time for Change and Innovation – Native Arts and Distance Learning  

Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) transitioned from holding in-person classes and community events to closing their campuses, instead offering academic courses online or through distance learning. Community programming and events were canceled or postponed, greatly impacting TCUs, students, and the communities they serve.  

To help TCUs during the transition, seven TCUs were awarded Distance Learning Grants. Each had a different approach on how they would continue to provide Native Arts programming while keeping their students and community members safe. Each explored how they were going to bring people together while keeping them safely apart.  

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How to Help

Currently only 14.5% of American Indians hold college degrees. But with 42% of Native Americans being 24 years old or younger, you have the opportunity to make an incredible impact for this generation and generations to come when you donate today.