WASHINGTON, DC -- On June 28, Congressman Rick Renzi (R-AZ-1) announced that Dine College will be receiving $2 million in federal funds spread out over five years from the U.S. Department of Education under the Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities Program. The funds will be used to help Dine College develop and strengthen its teaching curriculum so the institution can achieve four-year status.
Congressman Renzi introduced a bill earlier this year to help guarantee equitable funding for Dine College. His bill will provide new funding to address the Dine College's faculty needs such as modernization, repair and rehabilitation. The legislation will also help ensure funding for Dine College by keeping it separate from other colleges and universities.
"Dine College is an outstanding educational institution and I think this will be an important step towards achieving four-year college status," said Congressman Renzi. "I am pleased to see that our Navajo brothers and sisters will have access to quality education without having to travel far from their homes. This grant recognizes the college's potential to grow, expand, and provide for the Dine people."
The Dine College is a two-year chartered educational institution governed by the Tribal Council of the Navajo Nation. The college is the only institution of higher education based on the Navajo Nation, and serves northern Arizona, southern Utah and northwest New Mexico. The $2 million will be spread between five years with Dine College receiving $400,000 per year.
The money will be used to improve faculty support services in order for individuals to earn bachelor's, master's and doctorates from accredited programs, and implement a distance education program. The funds will also be used to change the institutional status of Dine College from a two-year college to a four-year college, and establish a B.A. partnership program in teacher education with Arizona State University.
Ferlin Clark, President of Dine College, said he was thrilled to hear about the new funds from the U.S. Department of Education.
"Congressman Renzi's leadership and support in championing these crucial funds demonstrates his commitment to Navajo education," said President Clark. "These funds are especially significant for the first and oldest tribal college in the United States. Congressman Renzi's actions to secure these funds echo his overall commitment to Navajo students and northern Arizona."