By Linda Kor
Northland Pioneer College will expand its offerings to high school students seeking to earn college credits and assist adults hoping to earn basic education credits through a $1,754,709 Title III Part A Native American Serving Non-Tribal Institution (NASNTI) grant.
Using those funds, the college will partner with a number of area K-12 districts to build a network of connected classrooms between school districts and the college over the next five years. This project will be implemented to benefit the entire service area of the college, as well as the tribal lands of the Navajo, Hopi and White Mountain Apache people, through a network of audio-visual linked classrooms located on the campuses of 10 partner high schools.
Schools that have committed to providing facilities and personnel to the project in the first year include Shonto Prep, Piñon, Red Mesa, Sanders, Winslow, Joseph City, Holbrook, Snowflake, Blue Ridge and St. Johns high schools, with six additional high schools to be added by 2020.
The goal is to provide supplemental instruction and support for a college math course, and increase the number of high school graduates who are prepared for college math and science during their freshman year of college. Students will also have access to a number of dual enrollment courses not currently available at area high schools. NPC will also utilize a number of the connected classroom sites to offer adult basic education courses in remote areas in the evenings.
The project goal over the next five years is to increase the number of students at partner schools who complete advanced algebra and at least two additional college courses prior to high school graduation from 38 to 260, an increase of 584 percent; increase the percentage of students who participate in dual enrollment, then enroll at NPC following high school graduation from 39 percent to 78 percent; and increase the number of students enrolled in college and career prep from 40 to 280, or 600 percent.
All students participating in the program will receive ancillary services, including academic advisement and counseling for college, career and financial planning, and tutoring. The stipulation in the grant is that not less than 50 percent of those participating be Native American.
In other business during their Oct. 20 meeting, members of the Navajo County Community College District Governing Board:
* Acknowledged NPC counselors Tracy Mancuso, Jim Austin and Rich Chanick as recipients of an Excellence Award from the Arizona Friends of Small Business.
* Approved an intergovernmental agreement between the Navajo County Community College District, the Whiteriver and Heber-Overgaard school districts, and Hopi Junior/Senior High School.
* Approved administrator emeritus status for Blaine Hatch, who recently retired as NPC vice president of Administrative Services.
* Approved the 2016-17 strategic priorities that include implementing the Proactive Advising for Student Success (PASS) program, including making recommendations for childcare and transportation options for students and employees (or study group chair); evaluating the effectiveness of current student funding activities; listening to students and community, and scheduling courses accordingly; and reviewing current programs and program offerings, and analyzing the need for potential new programs.
* Approved a three-year contract with Hobson’s Inc. for the Starfish Early Alert and Connect software applications and associated professional services in the amount of $101,000.
* Awarded a contract for the Little Colorado Campus sidewalk improvements project to McCauley Construction in the total lump sum amount of $59,592.17.
* Awarded a contract for the Silver Creek Campus drainage and landscaping project to Navapache Equipment Services in the total lump sum amount of $100,491.96.
* Awarded a contract for the White Mountain Campus drainage and landscaping project to Navapache Equipment Services in the total lump sum amount of $104,767.73.
* Awarded a carpentry training contract with Hopi Tribal Housing Authority in the amount of $48,875.
This contract is through the college’s Community and Corporate Learning Department, with 10 students participating.
* Awarded a contract for pavement improvements at the Northern Arizona Training Center facility to Hatch Industries for a total amount not to exceed $6,500.