|October 17, 2013
Salish Kootenai College and Indigenous Math & Science Institute secure grant to develop math programs
PABLO — Salish Kootenai College (SKC), through the Indigenous Math & Science Institute (IMSI) secured a 5-year grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), under the Tribal Colleges and Universities Program (TCUP), to develop two degree programs. The programs are a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics Secondary Education and an Associate’s degree in Mathematical Science. Native Americans are vastly underrepresented in secondary mathematics teaching careers and in the attainment of advanced mathematics degrees in general. These new programs are designed to address this national shortage by graduating teachers and mathematicians that are grounded in Native culture.
Senator Jon Tester (D) MT supports the efforts lead by SKC. According to Tester, “Jobs in the future will rely on math and science, and we need to do a better job of preparing our students so they are ready to grow and strengthen our economy,” he further stated, “Salish Kootenai College is a leader in education, and their investment in our next generation of teachers, scientists, and engineers will boost Indian Country and Montana.”
The Indigenous Math & Science Institute provides a comprehensive suite of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs and services for Native Americans seeking careers in these disciplines. The ISMI team continually seeks collaborations with other research and education organizations to enhance opportunities for K-16 Native students locally, regionally, and nationally.
The National Science Foundation is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 “to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense…” With an annual budget of about $7.0 billion (FY 2012), they are the funding source for approximately 20 percent of all federally supported basic research conducted by America’s colleges and universities. In many fields such as mathematics, computer science and the social sciences, NSF is the major source of federal backing. TCUP provides awards to Tribal Colleges and Universities, Alaska Native-serving institutions, and Native Hawaiian-serving institutions to promote high quality STEM education, research, and outreach.
The Salish Kootenai College is a tribally controlled college, accredited as a Bachelor’s degree granting institution of higher learning located within the Flathead Indian Reservation. SKC was chartered in 1977 by the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CS&KT). The mission of SKC is to provide quality postsecondary educational opportunities for Native Americans locally and throughout the United States.
For more information about this project, please contact: Steve Dupuis, Principal Investigator, Salish Kootenai College – PO Box 70, Pablo, MT 59855 - Telephone: (406) 275-4996 - email: email@example.com.