Connecting Tribal and Pacific Rim Colleges to Improve Indigenous Environmental Technology Education

nsf indigenous Education grant National PETE

NSF Indigenous Education

About the project:

In this National Science Foundation (NSF) – funded initiative (DUE #1204627), National PETE is assisting Tribal and Pacific Rim Colleges in improving their Environmental Technology programs as a means to provide education to build an informed and up-to-date environmental “green” workforce. The project strives to improve, enhance, or create environmental science programs at the nations’ Tribal and Pacific Island Colleges. To be eligible to apply, your institution needs to be a Pacific Island or Tribal College.

Project Goals:

National PETE will reach out to the 37 Tribal Colleges and colleges in the Pacific Rim (U.S. Territories). Educators will be provided with technical and pedagogical skills to better instruct Indigenous students and prepare them for new and sustainable “green jobs.”


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National PETE and ATEEC (the Advanced Environmental and Energy Center) provide on-site technical expertise to help colleges through one or more of the following activities:

  1. Conduct Program Assessment to better tailor an existing degree/certificate program or to develop a new degree/certificate program to match local environmental job opportunities with the Tribe, local, state and Federal governments, non-profits, business and industry employers. This process is called “Developing a CurriculUM” or “DACUM”. For more about this process, click here.
  2. Develop an Environmental Technology Jobs Chart which lists environmentally related job categories and the functions carried out by people in each type of job, for both Tribal and non-Tribal jobs in your region. This helps to answer students’ questions about “What can I do with a degree in X?” and will also be an excellent recruiting tool for your program.
  3. Develop or improve your plan for student recruitment, tracking and retention in your College’s environmental degree/certificate program(s).
  4. Develop a local “Advisory Committee” for your science/environmental degree/certificate programs. Advisory committees are composed of knowledgeable individuals from business, government, and industry who are selected to advise and consult with administrators and faculty on the educational programs of an institution.

There are currently no opportunities available for application.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What exactly is a DACUM?

What qualifies PETE and ATEEC to provide services for Tribal Colleges?

  • PETE links the technical resources of DOE, EPA, and NASA Laboratories, federal and state agencies, private industry, and professional societies with participating community colleges to assist in the development of curricula for training environmental health and safety technicians and to encourage more transfer students to pursue environmentally related studies at four-year institutions. ATEEC similarly works in conjunction with PETE to achieve these objectives. Together their experience reaches across many diverse groups and their track record for success is substantial.

Who decides what services are offered to our Pacific Rim/Tribal college?

  • Plain and simple – your college decides. PETE and ATEEC are simply there to enable the project to unfold. There is strict emphasis placed on letting the Tribal Colleges and Pacific Rim colleges decide where they want to go with the help that PETE and ATEEC provide.

Honolulu Community College – June 8 – 12, 2015

Topic: Climate Change – Its Impacts on Indigenous Populations

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