Comanche Nation College

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Comanche Nation College
Motto Kimutsi numumu?ai tusua
Motto in English Come Study With Us
Established August 8, 2002
Type Native American tribal community college and land grant institution
President Consuelo Lopez, PhD
Dean Juanita Pahdopony-Mithlo, MED, Academic Affairs
Gene Pekah, MBA, Student Services
Academic staff Johnnie Poolaw, MAT
Dr. Todd McDaniels, PhD
Dorna Riding In-Battese, MA
Dr. Marianna Bujac-Leisz, Phd
Brian Daffron, MA
Marsha Tahquechi, BSN
Admin. staff Daniel Robles BS, Director of Procurement
Susan Nahwooksy BS, Administrative Assistant
Sonia Herring, Business Manager
Nadine Kaulaity BA, Student Services Coordinator
Undergraduates over 500
Location Lawton, Oklahoma, United States
Campus Urban
Colors royal blue, golden yellow, and red
Affiliations American Indian Higher Education Consortium
Website http://www.cnc.cc.ok.us/

Comanche Nation College is a two-year, open admissions, American Indian tribal community college. It is located in Lawton, Oklahoma, the capital of the Comanche Nation. The school was chartered by the Comanche Nation Business Committee.[1]

History[edit]

A Comanche Nation Charter Resolution established CNC as a community college in 2002. CNC was the first Tribal College established in the state of Oklahoma.[2]

Governance[edit]

The Comanche Nation established a Comanche Nation College Council of leaders in higher education. The Comanche Nation is federally recognized as a Tribe of Oklahoma. The Comanche Nation has 13,679 enrolled Tribal members, with about 6,000 members living in the Lawton-Fort Sill area of southwest Oklahoma.[2]

Mission and Vision[edit]

CMC's Mission is

  • to serve the Comanche Nation and its surrounding communities.
  • to provide opportunities in higher education and career tech programs
  • to integrate both traditional and non-traditional knowledge
  • to have a culturally responsive connection to the American Indian communities and others.[2]

Programs[edit]

CMC offers programs in:

  • accounting,
  • art,
  • American Indian studies,
  • business,
  • police training,
  • education,
  • speech/communications,
  • human services,
  • LPN,
  • mathematics, and
  • science.[2]

Partnerships[edit]

The college is member of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium and American Association of Community Colleges. It is the 36th member of the organization and the first tribal college in Oklahoma.[1] The college is partnering with Cameron University in Lawton, and students are dually-enrolled.[3]

The Oklahoma Board of Nursing recently approved of the college's two-year nursing program, making it the first approved tribal nursing program in the state. The program's director is Marsha Tahquechi.[4]

Campus[edit]

The school occupies a former elementary school building.

Accreditation[edit]

It is applying but has not yet received accreditation from the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.[5][6]

The college submitted the Preliminary Information Form (PIF) on March 22, 2011, which was accepted by the accrediting body. The college must complete a Self-Study and an on-site visit by the Commission to achieve accreditation.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b AIHEC Accepts Comanche College as 36th Member. Tribal College Journal. Fall 2005 (17 Feb 2009)
  2. ^ a b c d American Indian Higher Education Consortium
  3. ^ Admissions. Comanche Tribal College. (17 Feb 2009)
  4. ^ Schonchin, Jolene. "Comanche Nation College nursing program gains two-year approval." The Comanche Nation News. 7 April 2011 (retrieved 19 April 2011)
  5. ^ York, Chase. Book drive to benefit Comanche Nation College. The Daily Toreador. 7 Nov 2007 (17 Feb 2009)
  6. ^ AdvancED Accredited Schools: Lawton, Oklahoma. AdvancED. 2009 (17 Feb 2009)
  7. ^ North Central Association of Colleges and Schools 03/22/2011.

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Coordinates: 34°35′22.51″N 98°24′3.06″W / 34.5895861°N 98.4008500°W / 34.5895861; -98.4008500