Navajo Technical University

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Navajo Technical University
Established 1979 (1979)
Type Technical College
President Dr. Elmer Guy
Students 1777
Location Crownpoint, New Mexico, USA
Campus urban/suburban reserve
Website Official site

Navajo Technical University is a tribally controlled postsecondary career and technical institution in Crownpoint, New Mexico with sites in Chinle, AZ and Teec Nos Pos, AZ.


Navajo Technical University was chartered by the Navajo Nation in 1979 as the Navajo Skill Center and sought to meet the needs of its unemployed population. After expanding the school's mission, the Center was renamed Crownpoint Institute of Technology in 1985. The college was designated a land grant college in 1994, and in 2006, the Navajo Nation Council approved changing its name to Navajo Technical College. The institution's name was changed once more in 2013 to its current name, Navajo Technical University.[1]

Guiding Statements[edit]


The mission of Navajo Technical University is to provide college readiness programs, certificates, associate, baccalaureate, and graduate degrees.

Students, faculty, and staff will provide value to the Diné community through research, community engagement, service learning, and activities designed to foster cultural and environmental preservation and sustainable economic development.

The University is committed to a high quality, student-oriented, hands-on-learning environment based on the Diné cultural principles: Nitsáhákees, Nahátá, Īína, Siihasin.[2]


The vision of Navajo Technical University is to educate Navajo individuals; to utilize state-of-the art technology; and to enhance the desirable character traits of integrity, self-discipline, loyalty and respect, which give the Navajo people hope, courage, and the resiliency essential to their survival as a people, using the strengths inherent in the Navajo cultural values and traditions.[3]


NTU provides support services, including:

  • student and faculty housing,
  • a childcare center,
  • advanced computer technologies, and
  • comprehensive library services.[4]


NTU offers a variety of academic programs, including certificates, associate degrees, bachelor's degree, and a Master of Arts degree in Diné Studies. Degree programs are offered in the following areas:

  • accounting and bookkeeping,
  • automotive technology,
  • building trades,
  • computer and information technology,
  • geographic information technology,
  • early childhood education,
  • environmental science,
  • culinary arts,
  • public administration,
  • pre-professional nursing,
  • legal studies, and
  • vocational careers.[5]


NTU is a member of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC), 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. NTU was created in response to the higher education needs of American Indians. NTU generally serves geographically isolated populations that have no other means accessing education beyond the high school level.[6]


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