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From Vince Devlin, of the Missoulian:

PABLO – An educational partnership agreement announced Wednesday morning between the Naval Undersea Warfare Center of Newport, R.I., and Salish Kootenai College here seemed to kill a lot more than two birds with one stone.

At its most basic level, the agreement will provide internships for SKC students who will assist with research and development of digital acoustic sensor technology at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center.

But that’s just the start.

It should also help the college recruit science, technology, engineering and mathematics students to its campus who can take advantage of the opportunity.

It will fund sabbaticals for SKC faculty members so that they can participate in the research.

That will help Luana Ross, first-year president of SKC, steer the tribal college in the “research institution” direction she is pursuing.

And the CEO who helped broker the agreement says the tribally owned company he runs benefits as well.

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There are few in the world of higher education who aren’t holding their breath as Congress and state legislatures talk cuts, cuts, cuts. And tribal colleges are no exception.

The Missoulian’s Vince Devlin examines what massive funding shortages could do to Salish Kootenai College, on the Flathead Indian Reservation.

SKC, arguably the most successful tribal college in the nation, could face up to $1 million in cuts, which would mean laying off faculty, and see a steep decline in student assistance funds.

    There’s been much talk about how proposed cuts at the federal and state levels will affect Montana’s university system, including its community colleges, SKC President Luana Ross says.

    But she’s seen little discussion about the potential effects on Montana’s tribal colleges.

    SKC is facing the loss of almost $500,000 in direct state and federal funds. If that happens, says Lon Whitaker, vice president of business affairs on the Pablo campus, the fallout – including higher tuition, which could lead to a drop in enrollment – could double the impact on the school, and take away job training and educational opportunities for people who need it most.

    . . .

    “The way out of poverty is education,” SKC’s president says. “That’s almost a no-brainer.”

Jenna Cederberg

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