Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe College Expansion Moves Forward
Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe College nearing completion on a master facility plan that will detail the expansion of the main campus of the college as well as develop the outreach sites located on sister reservations. The College, through a grant received from the American Indian College Fund, has been working with DSGW, an architectural firm based in Duluth, MN, since 2018 to evaluate their current facilities, main campus and four outreach sites, to develop a new facility designed to meet the educational needs for the tribes and their students in the 21st century. The College, in partnership with DSGW, hosted listening sessions with students, staff, faculty, elders, and community members to determine current use and ideal future use. Enrollment strategies and benchmarks were also developed based on the College’s current strategic plan.
In September, Mike Laverdure, a member of the Turtle Mountain band of Chippewa and architect with DSGW, presented a short video encapsulating the future Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe College main campus as part of the Master Facility Plan. The new master facility plan includes the addition of bachelor’s degree programs, an expanded nursing program, campus housing, a childcare center and establishment of vocational programs. The proposed the campus buildout on the sixty-acre parcel of land located adjacent to the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe College Farm was approved by Lac Courte Oreilles Tribal Governing Board in their September council meeting.
“The Tribal Governing Board’s action reaffirms their commitment to our future, the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe College is honored to have their support.” stated Dr. Russell Swagger, President of Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe College.
The College has retained Native Nation Alliance as the developer for the College expansion. Native Nations Alliance is a native owed company based in Minnesota that specializes in financing tribal-based initiatives.
About Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe College
The Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe College’s mission is to provide Anishinaabe communities with post-secondary and continuing education while advancing the language, culture, and history of the Ojibwe.
Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe College (LCOOC) is a non-profit Ojibwe tribal community college. Our focus is to help Native students advance themselves in the world, while studying their own history and language. We are an open-door institution which welcomes anyone who would like to work toward a better tomorrow. LCOOC does not discriminate based upon race and will not deny admission to any Native student regardless of tribal enrollment or affiliation.