Thursday, June 13, 2013

Senator Jack C. Jackson Jr. statement on budget passage with support for Navajo Technical College

State Capitol, Phoenix – Senator Jack C. Jackson, Jr. released the following statement on today’s passage of the state budget, which included funding for the Navajo Technical College to build a permanent campus in Chinle, Ariz.

Sen. Jackson
“The Navajo Technical College is a crucial resource for the people of my district and the Navajo Nation,
especially given the region’s struggle with economic and job opportunities,” said Sen. Jackson.

“Since opening its two Arizona campuses beginning in 2006, Navajo Technical College has shown retention and graduation rates that far exceed the national average and its students are entering the workforce with high-demand skills like computer science and engineering. This budget directs much needed funds to help Navajo Technical College continue and expand its successful mission of education to even more members of our community.”

“There is great demand for higher education in my district and I’m proud to help Navajo Technical College with the support it needs to set permanent roots in our community and continue its growth and success.”

Navajo Technical College Facts

  • 1979- The Navajo Skills Center was established to meet the growing demand for higher education.
  • 1985- The Skills Center became the Crown Point Institute of Technology in Crown Point, New Mexico, when the Center started to offer Associate Degrees.
  • 2005- The College changed it’s name to Navajo Technical College (NTC) in part because of it’s expansion of educational services, including Bachelor Degrees on the Navajo Nation.
  • 2006- NTC opened an instructional site in Chinle, Ariz.
  • NTC is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, North Central Association for Colleges and Schools.
  • NTC was recently recognized as one of the top 120 colleges in the United States by the Aspen Institute College Excellent Program. For this distinction, community colleges must demonstrate high standards for learning, college completion without delay, and successful training grounds for jobs that pay competitive wages. 
  • As a top forming college, NTC provides technical education, vocational programs, and courses in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. 
  • NTC now offers a Bachelor of Applied Science in Information Technology and a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineer and recently applied to the Higher Learning Commission for permission to offer a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science and Natural Resources.

Enrollment, Retention and Graduation
Since 2006, NTC has provided classes out of temporary buildings and Chinle High School and currently serves 436 students. As one of the most successful minority institutions of higher learning in the United States, NTC student retention rate exceeds 65% every year and has an overall graduation rate of 81%.
Job Placement
Out of 191 graduates from 2011, 47% were placed in jobs and 42 students continued their education. 58 students didn’t respond to the survey. Although NTC has a job placement counselor on staff, collecting data or tracking students is a challenge due to the poor infrastructure needs of the area (no internet, poor telephones, etc.).

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