Written by The Herald-News
Fort Peck Community College recently received three federal grants that will go toward developing and expanding the college’s programs.
The first is a grant for $1.5 million dollars from the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training grant program as part of a consortium of Montana’s two-year colleges.
The TAACCCT grant is a nearly $2 billion initiative that focuses to expand training programs for unemployed workers, especially those impacted by foreign trade.
The lead applicant, Great Falls College of Montana State University, will administer the grant.
The program emphasizes the use of evidence-based program design, collection of student outcome data and evaluation, to add to the growing body of knowledge about which strategies best develop skills that lead students to jobs.
Colleges that were awarded the grant, including FPCC, had to demonstrate several qualifications, such as: local labor market need for enhanced training in specific industries, strong engagement with employers in the design and delivery of training activities and work-based learning and a commitment to evidence-based program design and a third-party evaluation.
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker stated that employers should partner with colleges and the government to help develop curriculum and programs to ensure that American workers possess skills they need for their businesses to succeed.
“This round of grants has an increased emphasis on creating the types of training programs that will prepare community college students for the jobs in which they are needed, which is good for employees, employers and the strength of our economy,” Pritzker said.
The press release said the initiative goes with President Barack Obama’s goals of ensuring that all United States citizens have one year of college education. The grants also build on the administration’s goal of providing individuals with the information they need to choose education and training programs.
Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education, stated that community colleges play a role in training citizens to meet the needs of employers.
“As our economy continues to rebuild, businesses are looking for employees with the skills their company needs to stay competitive, and America’s students and adult workers want tobe equipped to fill those roles,” Duncan said. “These grants help to meet those demands, providing critical investments in education and supporting key partnerships.”
Dr. Florence Garcia, EdD, president of Fort Peck Community College, said the college is excited to have the opportunity to develop vocational programs at the college. She also said that FPCC was happy to be a part of the consortium of colleges in Montana.
“This will help develop our welding program, which is a popular program,” Garcia said. “This will make it better to fit the needs of the community.”
The second grant awarded to FPCC was a $1.1 million Indian Professional Development Grant Program grant from the U.S. Department of Education Bureau of Indian Education.
This four-year grant will provide funding to education Native American teachers across the reservation. The goal of the grant is to assist 25 students into transferring to Montana State University - Northern in Havre to complete a teaching degree. FPCC staff will be advising prospective applicants in the coming months.
The third grant award to FPCC is the Native American Career and Technical Education Program grant from the U.S. Department of Education. This two-year grant, in the amount of $469,785, is designed to attract students to vocational and technical fields such as welding, building trades, electrical line work, truck driving, business technology and computer technology. The NACTEP grant will assist with funding approximately 100 students each year.
For more information on these awards or to apply as a student at Fort Peck Community College, call 768-6300 or visit www.fpcc.edu.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 September 2013 21:05
Written by Al Stover
The audience listened quietly as the sound of Native American flute music and the smell of beef filled the air.
The Roosevelt County Library held a presentation Sept. 21 during which the audience listened to a performance of the Native American flute and learned about the life of Jean Baptiste Charbonneau, who was not only the youngest member of the Corps of Discovery, but also he was the son of Sacagawea.
Prior to Forrest Mount’s lecture, Andrea Hayes, Roosevelt County Library director, said the library will be looking to complete several projects related to Lewis and Clark, including a mural on the back wall.
Mount had been asked by the library to research the life of Charbonneau. Captain William Clark nicknamed him Little Pomp.
He began his presentation on Charbonneau by delving into the man’s early years.
The audience learned that Clark had delivered Little Pomp, Feb. 11, 1805. Clark later adopted the child after making a proposal to Sacagawea and her husband to raise the baby as his own son.
Mount went through Charbonneau’s life while living with Clark, who had the boy learn how to read, write and speak English, Greek and Latin.
Charbonneau would become a clerk and would met Duke Paul Wilhelm of Württemberg, Germany. He traveled with Wilhelm to Europe and would spend several years traveling the continent learning to more languages.
Charbonneau returned to the United States in 1829 and lived life as a mountain man in Utah, Wyoming and Idaho.
Mount said Charbonneau became famous among the mountain men for spinning tales at the campfire and telling stories of the Greek myths he learned in his youth. Mount quoted one fur trapper as saying that there is no better man to have by their side than Pomp. Charbonneau would later travel to Fort Bent, Colo.
In 1848, he traveled to Albuquerque, N.M., and would participate in the Mexican-American War with the Mormon Brigade.
After the war, Pomp went to California to become a prospector; after hearing that gold had been discovered in Montana, he decided to go north.
During the journey, he slipped off his horse in a river. He contracted pneumonia and died May 16, 1866. He was buried in Danner, Ore.
The Inskip ranch in Danner, Ore., dedicated one acre of land for a monument of Charbonneau.
“I never thought looking at that baby on that poster [of Sacagawea] that would have a life like this,” Mount said. “I’m not even doing it justice. He lived a life that very few men even get to taste.”
Once Mount was finished with his presentation, musicians Bryson Runsabove-Myers and Adrian Imus, who both have CDs coming out in the fall, performed with the Native American flute for the audience.
Prior to performing, both Imus and Runabove-Myers shared some stories of how they began playing the flute.
Imus said he recently learned about the Native American Flute through Runsabove-Myers, his teacher and brother.
He became involved in pow-wow singing in Hawaii in 1997. He has also been featured on three CDs with the pow-wow singing group Young Heart, which later merged into Soldier Hill.
The first CD Imus was on, Mother’s Journey, Mother’s Love, was dedicated to Nancy Martell, who died from cancer in 2006. She told Imus and her son, Eric Martell, to continue to sing, dance and play music in her honor after her death.
Imus said he learned that pow-wow music had a relation to Native flute music. He also said he honors his grandmother by continuing to be involved with Native American music.
“What keeps me going is knowing that my grandmother is still watching over me,” Imus said.
Runsabove-Myers, a descendent of Chief Rocky Boy, said he has been playing flute since 2006 while he was studying at Stone Child College in Havre.
Runsabove-Myers said he heard a beautiful noise one day coming from outside. He went and found his friend Rainbow Stump, who introduced him to the Native American flute. Stump taught him how to finger the flute. He said when he played his first four holes, he could not stop.
Runsabove-Myers enrolled in several music classes with his teacher, who was passionate about the flute. He would discover new tricks and introduce them to his teacher, who gave him 14 flutes.
He would later move to Seattle, Wash., where he would perform at a coffee shop and teach Native American flute to eight students in his spare time.
Before he left Seattle, he gave the 14 flutes he had received from his teacher to his students.
Runsabove-Myers said he put down the flute until 2010 when he discovered he still had music in him.
“I tell a lot people you have many gifts in life, whether it’s art, your voice, whether it’s listening, drawing or music,” Runsabove-Myers said. “The day I discovered I had music in my blood, I thanked my grandfather for that, because he was a singer himself, and my grandmother for pushing me forward.”
Runsabove-Myers made a demo and CD in 2010. His music is heard in 13 countries. He was also nominated for an Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Award and Native American Music Award.
Like his flutes, Runs above-Myers gave many of his CDs away.
“They told me, ‘You could make a lot of money,’” he said. “Money didn’t matter. My main goal is to get my music out there to help people who are feeling down and who have any negativity in their life.”
Imus began the concert with a song that he described as an a capella of how he felt.
“I look at it throughout pow-wow music, through the melody and the beat of the songs that I incorporate with the Native American flute, especially with the breathing portion,” Imus said. “With this, it was more a freestyle, but it was what I felt.”
Runsabove-Myers played The Morning Song, the first song composed on his demo.
The audience listened as the duo played a collaboration called Two Warriors, with two different sounds with the same tone. Runsabove-Myers said that when he collaborates with another artist, it is never a competition.
Both artists played music that was not only relaxing, but also showed the audience different techniques for playing the flute, such as the sliding finger technique.
“I don’t call them fans. I call them friends,” Runs above-Myers said. “You guys are my friends today.”
Runsabove-Myers ended with a song for which he asked the audience to come up with the title. Imus ended his performance by also having the audience do the same. When they asked the audience the titles of their songs, many of the audience members said the song reminded them of animals and the woods. One audience member said they thought of young Native American girl dancing. Another audience member said she thought of her grandson picking chokecherries.
Dinner was donated by Angela Wolff, the owner of the Nook. Runsabove-Myers also displayed several of his flutes that were made by Mike Serna of Chattanooga, Tenn., who is an Apache and a descendent of the people who walked the Trail of Tears.
The presentation was made possible by a second grant from the Lewis and Clark Heritage Foundation, and is a joint project of the California Chapter of the LCTHF and the Roosevelt County Library.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 September 2013 21:03
Written by Nick Kallem
Kahlil Wehbe remembers the first call he had as an Emergency Medical Technician paged to a motor vehicle accident.
Jumping into his car, he raced to the hospital where he met his partners and climbed into the ambulance. The excitement and adrenaline rush overwhelmed him as the ambulance engine turned over, the lights came on and the sirens blared.
“Racing through town to get to the patient, all I kept thinking about was what we might need to do to help this person or persons in need. What if I panic? What if I mess up? Once on scene, my partner and I determined what needed to be done. We got the patients loaded and transported. The feelings I had after that experience were rewarding because I was able to help a person in need.” said Wehbe, EMT-B for Northeast Montana Health Services.
Currently, NEMHS is seeking qualified applicants interested in taking a First Responder course. Those who complete the class will be able to provide pre-hospital care and transport patients while learning lifesaving skills such as cardio pulmonary resuscitation, trauma care, newborn delivery, splinting and bleeding control.
The course will run in the evenings Oct. 21 to Nov. 2 in both Poplar and Wolf Point. In Poplar, it will be held at the ambulance garage and, in Wolf Point, it will be held in the Trinity Hospital education room located in the basement of the ambulance garage.
To qualify to take the course participants must have a high school diploma or G.E.D., a Montana driver’s license and no pending or current criminal convictions.
The First Responder course consists of about 44 hours of both didactic and field training. First Responders will learn basic life support skills and how to treat patients in order to be a valuable asset on the ambulance. Their primary job initially will be assisting the EMT with patient care. This will allow then the opportunity to gain real-world experience in the field. Eventually, they will be partnered with another First Responder and will be responsible for providing patient care on-scene.
Following the initial First Responder course, students will have the opportunity to take an additional course to transition to becoming an EMT, which further advances their skill level.
NEMHS currently has 15 emergency medical services personnel at the Wolf Point campus and 10 at the Poplar campus who operate the NEMHS Emergency Services. Those individuals include a range of drivers, first responders and EMT’s.
NEMHS operates four ambulances, two in each community of Poplar and Wolf Point, and runs more than 52,000 miles in one year, averaging five calls a day, which totals approximately 2,500 calls a year.
“We are always seeking licensed EMT’s as well as people interested in becoming certified to work with us. This is a rewarding job and those who decide to become a part of our services become an invaluable part of the community,” said Nonette Brown, EMS Director for NEMHS.
Today, in the United States, there are over 840,000 EMT’s and 72,500 paramedics. This equates to one paramedic for every 4,300 people in the U.S. The need for these first responders is projected to grow, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, by 33 percent over the next 10 years.
Applications must be received by Oct. 11.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 September 2013 20:57
Written by The Herald-News
Each week, the Wolf Point Junior/Senior High School chooses two Students of the Week. The honorees for last week are Katie Beauchman and Thea Smith.
Beauchman, 14, an eighth-grader, was selected from the keyboarding and U.S. history classes as the Student of the Week. She wants to attend Montana State University - Billings. She is the daughter of Tiffany Cooper and has one sibling, Kennan Beauchman, 16. Outside of class, she participates in basketball.
Smith, 16, a junior, was selected by the choir and speech classes as the Student of the Week. She is the daughter of Leanne and Craig Smith. She has three siblings: Jared, 29; Halie, 23, who is also her role model; and Bryor, 12. Her hobbies include hanging out with her family and friends. Smith wants to be a midwife when she gets older and plans to attend Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash. Her extracurricular activities include cheerleading, Swing Choir and tennis.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 September 2013 20:53
Written by The Herald-News
The Wolf Point Area Museum, located at 203 U.S. Hwy. 2, was open from May 15 through Sept. 13. Admission was free, a gift shop is located on the premises and plenty of off-highway parking was available. Free Wi-Fi was also available through the summer season.
In the last 17½ weeks, 669 visitors stepped through the museum’s front doors, including visitors from Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming; Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan, Canada; Switzerland; China; Italy; and Australia — with visitors coming from 35 states, three Canadian provinces and four additional foreign countries.
Richard and Kathy Kurtz, curators of the museum, have been on hand to assist in discovering the heritage and history of Wolf Point and the surrounding area. Twenty- four new acquisitions were received this year.
Public support and visitation at the Wolf Point Area Museum has been tremendous over the last four months. Numerous residents of Wolf Point, Roosevelt County and across northeast Montana have visited for the first time or after many years’ absence. Many out-of-state visitors have stopped in while on vacation or with Wolf Point as their destination.
Visitors from five countries have also stopped in to say, “Hello.” It has been wonderful to talk with each visitor about their lives and adventures, their connection to northeast Montana or their hometown histories and families. A wealth of history has walked through the museum doors including many never-before-heard stories from those that have “talked the talk and walked the walk.”
This year, the museum’s success has made the staff and board members proud to call Montana home and even prouder to have served the public with a wonderful treasure trove of experiences, travels, struggles, triumphs and tragedies preserved for visitors’ viewing.
The museum board is active year-round with the wine tasting and live and silent auction, which will be held Nov. 8 at the Elks Club. The Montana Shamrockers of Polson will be on hand to provide the entertainment. A spaghetti feed will be featured.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 September 2013 20:52