The National Partnership for Environmental Technology Education (PETE) serves as a training entity working to disseminate the training around the United States and in U.S. Territories and Insular Areas. National PETE offers face-to-face training and webinars.
National PETE is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that helps facilitate partnerships with educational institutions, industry and the government. Serving the 50 states, Tribal Nations, U.S. territories and insular areas, the PETE network includes more than 400 community, tribal, and technical colleges, representing one-third of America's two-year institutions. Business, industry, and governmental agency partnerships are integral to this network.
- Support the development and implementation of quality education and training programs at community and technical colleges
- Increase access by under-represented populations to PETE-supported programs
- Facilitate and promote articulation among educational programs at the high school through postgraduate levels
- Promote the integration of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) into program curricula
- Support the use of sustainable practices and technologies in workforce and economic development and global competitiveness to meet the demands of a greening economy
- Advocate global environmental stewardship and literacy through national and international programs and partnerships in education and training
For more information, please visit the website at www.nationalpete.org
In February 2009, United Tribes Technical College (UTTC) was selected by National PETE as a Tribal College Center of Expertise to provide EPA Tribal Administrative and Financial Management and DBE Rule Training and Technical Assistance.
Barbara Schmitt , Economic Development Director, is the lead trainer for this endeavor. Mrs. Schmitt has put together a team of approximately 12 individuals to assist in this project. Located in Bismarck, North Dakota, the UTTC Center of Expertise provides training (both face-to-face and online) to those Tribes in EPA Region Eight (including Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming).
About United Tribes Technical College
Located in Bismarck, ND, United Tribes Technical College serves to provide an outstanding education to the Native American people of this region and around the country. For over 40 years, UTTC has served over ten thousand American Indian students from more than 75 federally recognized Indian Tribes across the nation. In addition to American Indians, the college welcomes and serves students of all backgrounds.
United Tribes Technical College is a regionally accredited institution, having achieved accreditation through the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. In addition, UTTC is the first tribal college in the nation authorized to offer full on-line degree programs. The college is considered a 1994 Tribal Land Grant Institution.
The College was founded to provide a community in which Indian people can acquire an education and obtain employment. Programs which have been added over the years have kept this initial purpose in mind, providing not only occupational education and training but also individual and social skills in a culturally-relevant setting, wiht an emphasis on children and families.
United Tribes Technical College is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation chartered by the state of North Dakota and operated by these five tribes: Three Affiliated Tribes of Fort Berthold, the Spirit Lake Tribe, the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, and hte Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians.
United Tribes Technical College is guided in its actions by the following statement of its mission:
United Tribes Technical College is dedicated to providing American Indians with postsecondary and technical education in a culturally diverse environment that will provide self-determination and economic development for all tribal nations.
- United Tribes Technical College is a premiere college, a leader in Tribal education, arts, cultural preservation, technology, research, and the humanities.
- UTTC foresees a campus community with state-of-the-art facilities.
- UTTC aspires to be self-sustaining in line with its mission for tribal self-sufficiency and self-determination.
- Most importantly, UTTC envisions skilled, knowledgeable, culturally-grounded, healthy graduates who will achieve their educational goals; empower their communities; and preserve the environment, tribal land, water, and natural resources.
- UTTC affirms these values as being representative of the tribal medicine wheel concept. This takes into consideration an individual's physical, intellectual, cultural, and emotional wellness. When these ideals are practiced, the UTTC community will flourish.
Contact: Barbara Schmitt
3315 University Drive
Bismarck, ND 58504
Tel: (701) 255-3285 Ext. 1436