Navajo-Hopi Nations,Flagstaff & Winslow News
Tue, Oct. 27

USDA grant awarded to Tohono O'odham Community College

PHOENIX, Ariz. - State Director Eddie Browning on Sept. 19 announced that the Tohono O'odham Community College in Sells has been awarded $272,350 through the USDA Rural Development Tribal College Grant program.

"Education is one of the most effective economic development tools we can put into the hands of our tribal communities as they build their economic, business and social opportunities," Browning said.

The grant was awarded to repair classrooms and other college buildings to ensure safety for staff and students at the Sells campus. The 2008 farm bill extended the existing program authority for the Tribal College and University Essential Community Facilities program through 2012. Funding of the recipient is contingent upon their meeting the conditions of the grant agreement.

USDA Rural Development's mission is to increase economic opportunity and improve the quality of life for rural residents. Rural Development has invested more than $90 billion since 2001 for equity and technical assistance to finance and foster growth in homeownership, business development, and critical community and technology infrastructure. More than 1.7 million jobs have been created or saved through these investments.

Further information on rural programs is available at a local USDA Rural Development office or by visiting USDA Rural Development's Web site at www.rurdev.usda.gov.

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