DPI Documents

College of Menominee Nation
Collaboration

American Indian Culture is at the heart of the College of Menominee Nation (CMN). Collaboration is essential to survival as an American Indian. From the earliest days, different clans that constitute a tribe are responsible for various aspects of survival, protection, leadership, hunting and gathering and passing on traditional wisdom and ways of living that are in harmony with all of creation.

In the same fashion, CMN degree programs, research, and student activities are committed to addressing contemporary problems through modern science and methodologies that are collaborative and informed by ancient knowledge. Although most evident in sustainable development programs at CMN that draw on resource management philosophies tested over centuries in the great Menominee forest, CMN Teacher Education Program strives to incorporate collaboration and native wisdom in the course work and in extension through the field experience in the surrounding school districts.

The College of Menominee Nation’s mission is to provide opportunities in higher education to its students. As an institution of higher education chartered by the Menominee people, the college infuses this education with American Indian culture, preparing students for careers and advanced studies in a multi-cultural world. As a land grant institution, the College is committed to research, promoting, perpetuating and nurturing American Indian Culture, and providing outreach workshops and community service.

Collaboration through the College of Menominee Nation Library

In addition to serving the college community of students, faculty, and staff, the College of Menominee Nation Library serves local community members and educators from local districts. Through a partnership with the Northeast Wisconsin Educational Resource Alliance (NEW ERA), residents of northeastern Wisconsin may check out books with a valid ID. A limited number of computers are available for community members. The Teacher Education Resource Lab is located in the library building, available for teacher education students and local teachers who serve as cooperating teachers for CMN students. A multi media viewing room is available for anyone wishing to view a movie, listen to music, or have a small meeting.

Collaboration with the Community through Department of Continuing Education

The Department of Continuing Education Office uses the circle of life (cradle to grave) model, which equips and empowers the community to take ownership and responsibility to improve their lives and solve their own individual problems in a manner that builds and strengthens individual self esteem and pride. This is accomplished by providing non-credit workshops with qualified instructors.

Collaboration through the Center for Cultural Research

The Center for Cultural Research (CCR) at the College of Menominee Nation was established in 2006. Center staff implements a series of activities that include teaching, research, and applied consultation for public and private sector clients; it works in support of and in consultation with the Menominee Historic Preservation Office and its designated Tribal Historic Preservation Officer (THPO). Center staff also provides public programs in the form of workshops, para-professional training, and academic support to those interested in degree programs in anthropology, archaeology, history, historical architecture, or related disciplines.

Collaboration through Technical Education

The College of Menominee Nation Technical Education offers one-year technical diploma programs in Electricity, Office Technician, Welding, and Sustainable Residential Building. Each program starts in the fall and is completed the following spring. Students attend classes on a full-time basis so they can complete their respective programs in only nine months. These services are needed by the local community for employment opportunities and by the employers for trained workers and staff.

Collaboration through Vocational Rehabilitation

College of Menominee Nation Vocational Rehabilitation (CMN VR) provides services to Native Americans with disabilities in order to obtain or retain employment. The staff includes a Project Director, Career and Placement Coordinator, Disabilities/Career Counselor and Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor. Tribal enrollment, impediment to employment, residence on the Menominee Reservation, and preparation for regaining employment are required to receive services from the CMN VR Project.

Collaboration through the Sustainable Development Institute

College of Menominee Nation understands the responsibility to embed sustainability as a core value of our academic mission, student learning, administrative operations, and commitments to the community. This commitment to sustainability is reflected in the tribal leaders’ establishment of a Sustainable Development Institute (SDI), to promote sustainability through education, research, and community engagement. SDI’s mission is to foster an understanding of sustainability values through promoting sustainable education, development, and actions, which guides our goal for College of Menominee Nation to be a global leader in sustainable scholarship and practice.

Collaboration through Learn and Earn and Youth Options Programs

College of Menominee Nation’s Learn and Earn and Youth Options programs provide college coursework to high school students, while the Department of Continuing Education provides additional opportunities via short-term projects. One of these projects is the Skills Builder Lab, a partnership between College of Menominee Nation and North Central Technical College–Wausau. Here, students and community members are welcome to explore a new career or enhance employability skills, strengthen basic skills, or receive learning assistance for program courses. Tutors assist with the development of a personal educational plan (PEP) based on assessment results, goals, learning style, and abilities. Instruction is available in basic math, algebra, science, reading, and writing skills. Other resources include keyboarding, career exploration, and assistance with resumes and letters for a job search. The lab is also the testing center for CMN admission for Accuplacer and TABE testing.

Collaboration through the CMN Teacher Education Program

CMN Teacher Education Program collaborates within the college as well as with the local school districts, tribal schools, and Head Starts. Through collaboration with admissions and student advising, CMN Education Department has developed a record keeping system to track the progress of lower division students in Head Start, students not in Head Start, possible candidates for the bachelor degree program, and students who have been accepted as teacher candidates for the bachelor degree and currently taking upper level courses. Most of the collaboration effort comes with the placement of pre-service teachers who take methods courses in the classrooms of local school districts. Placements for 5-10 hours of observation and participation take place in the first weeks of each semester. More extensive collaboration takes place with the nine week placements of the student teachers each semester. The school districts involved are:

Bowler Elementary School; Wittenberg Elementary School; Bonduel Elementary School; Gillett Elementary School; Hillcrest Primary School, Shawano; Kennedy Elementary School, Green Bay; Keshena Primary School; Longfellow Elementary School, Clintonville; Martin Luther King School, Green Bay; Menominee Indian Middle School; Menominee Tribal School; Olga Brenner Intermediate School, Shawano; Oneida Elementary School; Rockledge Elementary School, Seymour; Sacred Heart School, Shawano; Oneida Head Start; Keshena Head Start; St. James Lutheran School, Assumption VVM, Pulaski; Shawano; Holy Family School (GRACES System) Green Bay; Pioneer Elementary School, Ashwaubenon; Cormier School and Early Learning Center, Green Bay (Ashwaubenon); and Valley View Elementary School Green Bay (Ashwaubenon).

All cooperating teachers are invited to attend functions at the college, given access to the Teacher Education Resource Lab (ERL) and encouraged to participate in a Stem Teacher Education Excellence Program (STEEP) Summer Institute.

Constituent Groups from the Local Community Involved in the Development, Evaluation, and Revision of CMN’s Educational Programs PI34.10(3)(c)

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