USDA Signs MOU to Partner with Tribal & Rural Colleges

Dine' College in Tsaile, Arizona, was the first tribal college, opening as Navajo Community College in 1968. (Photo from American Indian College Fund.)

Dine’ College in Tsaile, Arizona, was the first tribal college, opening as Navajo Community College in 1968. (Photo from American Indian College Fund.)

Published September 24, 2015

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Department of Agriculture today signed a memorandum of understanding to partner with the Rural Community College Alliance (RCCA) to find opportunities to cooperate in providing technical assistance and internships as well development opportunities in the area of science, technology, engineering and math.

The RCCA represents 600 community and tribal colleges serve more than 3.5 million students at more than 800 sites across the country.

The memorandum was signed at the RCCA’s annual conference in Reno by Dr. Ann Bartuska, Deputy Secretary of USDA’s Research, Education and Economics mission area (REE). The mission area comprises the Agricultural Research Service, the Economic Research Service, the National Agricultural Statistics Service, the National Institute on Farming and Agriculture, and the Office of the Chief Scientist.

The RCAA and USDA will work together over the next five years to enhance cooperation in areas including:

  • Providing technical assistance for rural community and tribal colleges through seminars, webinars and other outreach and networking events
  • Offering internship and career opportunities for students through various USDA programs.
  • Participating in STEM career workshops for students, and promoting student mentoring relationships with USDA scientists and policy makers.
  • Identifying and addressing barriers to utilization of USDA resources or services.

 

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