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An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


January 24, 2004 - Issue 105


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School News


gathered by Vicki Lockard


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Sisseton Wahpeton College looking toward bright future

Building projects and program improvements mean a high-tech learning environment is taking shape for students at one South Dakota tribal college.

The ongoing work to the infrastructure and educational approach at Sisseton Wahpeton College carries a price tag of more than $2 million and will hopefully result in academic achievement and more students attending there.

The Sisseton school is in the midst of a massive campus expansion and remodeling project, said the college's director of development, Pam Wynia.

"We're working right now on the whole campus," Wynia said. "It started with a 12,000-foot addition to our original building."

That $977,800 addition, Wynia said, increased classroom space and allowed for faculty members to have individual offices. It was completed last year and marked the first time since the college opened in 1979 that its facilities were improved.

The addition also includes a student lounge, alternative study area to the library and Early Childhood Center.

"It gives the students a place where they can gather and make a little noise or study in groups, since you have to be so quiet in the library," Wynia said about the addition. "We try to foster a family type of atmosphere since so many of our students are tribal, and for them their first priority is always family. This gives them a place where they can feel at home."

Wynia said the school is working to make it so the infrastructure of the school is not a factor, so that students don't have to worry about going to school in classrooms without amenities such as air conditioning.

Wynia also said, with recent grant funding, the school has been able to update much of its technology to include state-of-the-art computers, software and classrooms.

Perhaps the most notable project on the campus is the construction of the new $1.6 million vocational education building.

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