The Native American Career and Technical Education Program – Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (NACTEP-STEM), authorized under section 116 of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (Perkins IV), provides grants to Indian tribes, tribal organizations, Alaska Native entities or Bureau-funded schools to support career and technical education developing rigorous academic and technical standards, especially in preparation of high-skill, high-wage, or high-demand occupations in established or emerging professions; providing professional development to improve the quality of career and technical education teacher, principals, administrators, and counselors; and providing stipends, tuition, books, fees, childcare, counseling, job placement, transportation, supplies, specialized tools and uniforms that are necessary for students to fully and effectively participate in career and technical education programs.
Blackfeet Community College sponsors the NACTEP-STEM component on our campus. NACTEP-STEM offers a one-year certificate in CDL/Heavy Equipment, AAS Computer Networking, a one-year certificate in Entrepreneurship, and an Associate of Applied Science in the Entrepreneurship program of study. Blackfeet Community College also offers a federally recognized Journeyman’s license in eight career areas. Annually we serve 95 students in all the areas stated above.
The Highway Engineering cluster includes certified drivers license in CDL, flaggers certification. We serve 30 students per project year and offer 16 semester hours. Proficiencies will be measured by pre and post tests, individual attainment will be calculated at minimum of 75%. Fifteen students will complete all requirements to receive a certificate. Placement is projected at a 90% rate.
The Entrepreneurship cluster includes tourism and small business management Associate of Science degrees. Proficiencies will be measured by pre and post tests and individual attainment will be calculated at a minimum of 75%. Twenty students will complete all requirements to receive an Associate of Science degree at the end of the project period.
The Information Technology cluster includes support specialist and network security with a major emphasis in Computer Networking (AS degree). This program will serve 20 students annually and 15 will receive short-term certificates. Proficiencies will be measured and calculated to show a mastery level of 75%. Twenty students will have completed all requirements to receive an Associate of Applied Science by the project ending date.
The Apprenticeship Program will serve 35 apprentice students and include the career clusters of painters, carpentry, Highway Engineers, Electricians, Plumbers, Electrical Lineman, Residential Electrician and cement masons. Each academic year, a minimum of five (5) apprenticeships will graduate with a federal recognized Journeymen’s License.
Administrative staff will ensure that all necessary administrative duties and responsibilities are sufficiently adhered to. Administrative stall will assure that all objectives and programmatic measurements are related to the intent and outcomes of the GPRA performance measurements.
By the end of each academic year, the Blackfeet Community College will have provided 910 contact hours for an average of 105 students in Assessment (465 contact hours). Counseling (135 contact hours), Placement (160 contact hours), and follow-up (150 contact hours) with students in Career and Technical Education.