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|Motto||Honoring your past, preparing for your future|
|Type||Public Community College|
|President||Pearl Kiyawn Nageak Brower|
|Address||P.O Box 749
Barrow, AK 99723, PO Box 479 Barrow, North Slope Borough AK, USA 99723
|Affiliations||UArctic; AIHEC; Inupiat Community of the Arctic Slope (ICAS) tribal government|
Iḷisaġvik College is a public community college located in Barrow, Alaska, on the shore of the Arctic Ocean. Operated by the North Slope Borough, it is the only tribally controlled college in Alaska and is the northernmost accredited community college in the United States. The college is located within the boundaries of the North Slope, an 89,000-square mile region of Arctic tundra which is not connected by road or rail. It is ice-locked nine months of each year. The region is home to the Inupiat Eskimos.
In 2005, IC was established as the only Tribal College in the state of Alaska. The college had its origins in 1986, when the North Slope Borough created the North Slope Higher Education Center, changing its name in 1991 to Arctic Sivunmun Iḷisaġvik College. In 1995 the Borough passed an ordinance incorporating Iḷisaġvik College as a public and independent non-profit corporation, and the school moved to the facility previously used by the United States Naval Arctic Research Laboratory (NARL). Iḷisaġvik College was the lead institution in the 1997 creation of the Consortium for Alaska Native Higher Education (CANHE).
Mission and vision
- to provide quality post-secondary academic, vocational, and technical education in a learning environment that perpetuates and strengthens Inupiat culture, language, values and traditions.
- to provide well-educated and trained individuals who meet human resource needs to North Slope employers.
The IC programs:
- model the local Inupiat traditions, values, and culture and
- have substantial career and employment opportunities relevant to the workforce.
IC is a two-year community college, which offers associate degree, one-year certificate, and semester-long endorsement programs, as well as short-term training courses. Fields of study at IC include:
- allied health
- office administration
- business management
- computer technology
- heavy truck operations
- construction trades
- industrial safety
- Inupiat studies
On December 19, 2016, Iḷisaġvik announced that it will begin to offer a four-year program in business administration, starting in 2017.
Accredited in 2003 by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, it offers Associate's degrees as well as one-year certificates. IC is a member of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC), which is a community of tribally and federally chartered institutions working to strengthen tribal nations and make a lasting difference in the lives of American Indians and Alaska Natives. IC was created in response to the higher education needs of American Indians. IC generally serves geographically isolated populations that have no other means accessing education beyond the high school level.
Iḷisaġvik College is sanctioned by the Inupiat Community of the Arctic Slope (ICAS) tribal government.
- American Indian Higher Education Consortium
- Utqiaġvik's Iḷisaġvik college on track to offer 4-year degree program, Alaska Dispatch News (Arctic Sounder), Shady Grove Oliver, December 19, 2016. Retrieved 19 December 2016.
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