Senators Kent Conrad and John Hoeven and Congressman Rick Berg announced today that Sitting Bull College has received a federal AmeriCorps grant in the amount of $263,250 from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) to fund its GED Project.
The delegation said the grant will allow AmeriCorps members based at Sitting Bull College in Fort Yates to serve as GED tutors at specialized learning centers. The AmeriCorps tutors will assist interested community members of the Standing Rock Reservation in North and South Dakota in fulfilling the necessary requirements to obtain a GED.
"Education is a top priority for all North Dakotans, and the Fort Yates GED Project will help create more opportunities for those living and working on Standing Rock," the delegation said in a joint statement. "By helping community members meet their education goals, the project will help advance educational development in the region and foster job opportunities and preparedness. We have seen the benefits resulting from AmeriCorps grants in the past and are confident that these resources will be used effectively in Fort Yates."
The grant was awarded as part of the Fiscal Year 2012 AmeriCorps State and National funding competition and will help further the initiatives set by the bipartisan 2009 Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act and CNCS' 2011-2015 Strategic Plan.
There are six general interest areas that the CNCS sets out to address: disaster relief, economic development, education, environmental stewardship, health issues, and veterans and military families. Awarded in the spirit of these programs, the grant to Sitting Bull College fulfills the corporation's educational commitment.