Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College

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Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College
Established 1975
Type Tribal college
Location L'anse Indian Reservation, Baraga, Michigan, Michigan, United States
Campus Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community 111 Bear Town Road PO Box 519 Baraga, MI 49908
Affiliations American Indian Higher Education Consortium

Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College is a tribal college in Baraga, Michigan.


KBOCC was chartered by the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community on July 12, 1975. The Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community founded the College with the understanding that American Indian students, as members of sovereign nations, deserved an educational system responsive to their needs and concerns.[1]


Traditional leaders provide direction to faculty and staff for incorporating the Ojibwa language and culture into each of the KBOCC programs. The student services program offers opportunities for students to engage in traditional ceremonies and events.[2]

KBOCC offers degrees in

  • Early childhood education
  • Environmental science
  • Liberal studies

KBOCC offers associate degrees in

  • Associate of Arts
  • Associate of Applied Science
  • Associate of Science


In October 2009, KBOCC received initial candidacy for accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission. The Bureau of Indian Education, Bureau of Indian Affairs, conducted a site visit in April 2010 and recommended the college for approval as a Tribally Controlled Community College/University under the Act. The U.S. Department of Education approved the KBOCC application for Title IV federal student aid programs.

KBOCC is a member of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC), which is a community of tribally and federally chartered institutions. KBOCC was created in response to the higher education needs of American Indians. KBOCC generally serves geographically isolated populations that have no other means accessing education beyond the high school level.[3]