Fort Peck Community College
Fort Peck Community College (FPCC) is a tribally-controlled community college chartered by the government of the Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes. The college offers an academic program that enables students to earn credits in college courses designed to be transferable to other institutions of post-secondary and higher education; serves the constituency of the reservation population by maintaining an occupational training program based on the needs of the people living on and near the reservation, and the potential employment opportunities available in the region; and serves the people of the Fort Peck Reservation and northeastern Montana as a medium of Indian awareness, enabling increased self-awareness. In addition, FPCC serves area residents by initiating and supporting community activities and organizations based on the needs and wishes of community members.

The expressed purposes of FPCC are to provide academic education and vocational training for American Indians and area residents in careers and occupations that have high employment potential, as well as to improve employee proficiency with local business, industry, and government agencies.

The College has developed academic curriculum that leads to the granting of the Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, and Associate of Applied Science degrees. Several vocational certificate programs are also offered. Credits earned in courses at the FPCC are transferable to other state colleges and universities. Community service programs respond to the needs and requests of community members by offering evening classes and workshops.

The main campus facilities of FPCC are located in and around nearby Poplar, Montana, with the majority of these sites being located adjacent to the Tribal and BIA administrative offices. FPCC's main campus has eight sites which provide about 10,000 square feet of classroom space.

In addition to the course offerings in Poplar, FPCC offers classes regularly in Wolf Point --- 22 miles west of Poplar. Occasional classes are presented in both Frazer and Brockton, Montana upon special request. FPCC shares the Wolf Point College Center with NAES College-Fort Peck Site. This facility has been recently renovated - by FPCC Building Trades - to house five classrooms and three offices. FPCC also has been allowed instructional space and facilities use in the five public school districts which operate on the reservation.

Daytime classes, evening classes, and weekend (Friday-Saturday) workshops are offered by the College during each semester of the academic year. There is little or no distinction between daytime and evening classes. The latter are offered primarily for the convenience of adults in the community, as well as for other part-time or regular daytime students.

The college offers a Summer Session program that is considerably less extensive, but similar in subject content, to the regular academic year program. In addition, the Summer Session usually includes a few "college prep" and "demand" courses.

FPCC was granted candidacy for accreditation as an institution by the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Colleges, in June of 1986. FPCC now operates as an independent institution of higher education. Course work from candidate schools which have an equivalent course are generally accepted by schools fully accredited by NWASC. FPCC is a member of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) and American Association of Junior and Community Colleges.

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