Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College Celebrates

Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College came together with community members to celebrate the successes that we have achieved together over the last six months and discuss the future of the College.

“Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College is becoming the strongest it has ever been because it is a true community-driven college” says Dr. Russell Swagger, President of Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College.

Together, we:

  • Renewed relationships with communities we serve

  • Restoring relationships with Elders

  • Increased our influence through Dr. Swagger’s appointment to the UW Madison Extension Board, Impact 7 Board, and the Wisconsin Higher Educational Aids Board

  • Partnered with the Public Theater, Hayward Rotary Club and Sherman and Ruth Weiss Library to bring Sweat to the College, a collaboration with Public Theater, Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College

  • Created a College Newsletter

  • Secured an Endowed Scholarship Fund

  • Signed agreements to return to Red Cliff & Bad River and submitted application to the Higher Learning Commission requesting to move permanently

  • Completed a successful Higher Learning Commission multi-location visit

  • Introduced a new Indigenous Culinary Arts Certificate Program

  • Created Kwe groups and an Art Club for students.

  • Completed a Multi-Purpose Building at the Farm that includes a commercial kitchen and student agriculture laboratory

  • Developed and began offering new continued education micro-certificates for academic credit

  • Secured Grants through USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) totaling $560,000 over 4 years

  • Secured a sub-contract with the LCO Tribe thru WisDOT to provide Road Construction Training

Among our celebration of accomplishments was the honoring of Daryl Coons Sr., Daryl has retired from the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College Board of Regents after twelve years of service.

The College is currently undergoing a strategic planning process, a draft of the strategic framework encompassing 2018-2021 is available at Main Campus, Bad River Outreach, Lac du Flambeau Outreach, North Outreach, Red Cliff Outreach, and St. Croix Outreach sites.

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