Aaniiih Nakoda College Newsletter
Winter 2015
December 2015

SIM lab
The Aaniiih Nakoda College (ANC) Nursing Program got a big boost with the approval of a Sustainable Employment and Economic Development Strategies (SEEDS) grant from the Administration for Native Americans (ANA). This 5-year, $1.5 million grant will enable the college's nursing program to become a reality. The grant will allow the college to hire nursing faculty, expand the SIM lab to include a nursing lab, offer Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) courses, and much, much more. The first CNA program will start December 28, 2015.

The ANC Associates of Science RN (Registered Nursing) nursing program continues to grow and develop. With the addition of EuGene Garcia as our new SIM Lab coordinator/ program assistant and Brigit Hemmer RN, MSN, the program is progressing. Dr. Liz McClain continues to identify facilities for student clinical assignments and is truly the backbone of our program. We plan to have the Phase 2 document finished and submitted to the Montana State Board of Nursing prior to their April 2016 meeting. That means we will continue to hustle during the next few months. ANC is looking for faculty with a Master's degree in nursing to serve as instructors for the program, so please, if you know of someone, contact Cheryll Alt or Liz McClain in the Returning Buffalo building at ANC or call them at 353-2607.


HiSET (High School Equivalent Test) classes are underway at Aaniiih Nakoda College. HiSET is the new statewide program that replaced GED last January. As the new HiSET instructor, Carlos Morales has begun teaching classes at ANC's Student Success Center on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. He also teaches HiSET classes at the John Capture Center in Hays on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Now that the college's HiSET program is up and running, more and more community members are taking advantage of these free classes and working to attain their high school equivalency certificate.

The Havre HRDC (Human Resources Development Council) office currently offers HiSET testing every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month. Starting January 2016, ANC will provide a HiSET testing site on one Friday each month. We will be posting a comprehensive list of these testing dates later this month on our website: www.ancollege.edu. For more information about HiSET classes and testing, stop by ANC's Student Success Center (located in Nakoda Hall) or call Carlos at 353-2607.


AIBL students and Advisor Greg Drummer
sell coffee in Little River Learning Lodge
American Indian Business Leaders (AIBL) is the "business club" on the campus of Aaniiih Nakoda College (ANC). The college chapter is part of the national organization that has its home office on the campus of the University of Montana in Missoula, MT. Membership is free and the club is open to anyone enrolled at ANC. Anyone who would like more information on the national organization can find it at aibl.org.

The ANC chapter has adopted a service project as its main activity on campus. The project is to fund and operate a campus food bank. Food items are available at least once a week to any student currently enrolled at ANC. The club members believe that this type of assistance will help improve student retention at the college. Students who may otherwise feel the need to drop out of school because of the lack of food at home will now be able to stay in school and finish their coursework.

All funding for the food bank comes from various club efforts on campus. The club operates a coffee business four days a week, sells donuts and other baked goods at least once a week, conducts at least three raffles per school year, and holds a silent auction during December. The group also receives frozen food items from our local Albertson's store at least once a week. Many ANC staff and facutly also generously donate items to the bank.


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Aaniiih Nakoda College
P.O. Box 159        Harlem, MT 59526