KIC awarded $1.2 million grant to improve Alaska Native Graduation Rate in Ketchikan
October 17, 2012
The grant project, called Tribal Scholars, will be used in partnership with the Ketchikan Gateway Borough School District to enable eligible students to learn in culturally appropriate contexts while enrolled at KGBSD. This partnership is a groundbreaking collaboration between the Ketchikan Indian Community Tribe and the Ketchikan school district.
As reported by the Ketchikan Gateway Borough School District, the Native graduation rate in Ketchikan is approximately 56%. The Native Scholars program’s goal is to improve the graduation rate by 15% over three years through intensive remedial instruction in core areas, culturally appropriate practices, and behavioral health support. Each year, the Tribal Scholars program will support up to 24 learners in grades 9th through 11th grade.
KIC SSEATEC Director, John Brown, stated, “This program is the next step in a process begun three years ago with our first Alaska Native Education Program grant. First, we learned of the problems and challenges our students were experiencing; now we are working with the school district to do something about it.”
Instruction in core courses for the Tribal Scholars participants will be delivered at Southern Southeast Alaska Technical Education Center (SSEATEC), KIC’s training center. After instruction, students will be able to participate in both elective courses and extracurricular activities at Ketchikan High School. This structure enables eligible students to take advantage of the quality programming at the high school while also accessing the culturally relevant, supportive atmosphere of the Tribe.
Instruction using this grant is expected to start in January 2013 at KIC's Southern Southeast Alaska Technical Education Center (SSEATEC).
Edited by Mary Kauffman, SitNews
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