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Teacher Retention Initiative Program

Empowering Futures: Little Wound Student Assistant to Certified Teacher Program

Little Wound School is excited to announce a groundbreaking opportunity for currently employed Student Assistants wanting to become Teachers. This initiative aims to empower and support aspiring Native American scholars by providing them with the means to pursue higher education while actively contributing to our school community.

The Native American Student Assistant Program is designed to create a pathway for talented individuals to access higher education without the financial burdens that often accompany it. This initiative aligns with our commitment to a grow-our-own teacher program.

Key Features:
  1. Financial Support for Education:
    • Participating students will receive financial assistance to cover tuition, textbooks, and other essential educational expenses.
    • This program ensures that deserving Native American students have the opportunity to pursue a college education without the burden of student loans.
  2. Work-Integrated Learning:
    • As Student Assistants, participants will have the unique advantage of gaining hands-on work experience within our school community.
    • This work-integrated approach allows students to apply classroom knowledge to real-world scenarios, enhancing both their academic and professional development.
  3. Mentorship and Guidance:
    • Each participant will be assigned a mentor who will provide guidance and support throughout their academic and professional journey.
    • Our mentorship program aims to create a supportive network, fostering a sense of community and belonging for Native American students within our school.
Eligibility Criteria: To be eligible for the Native American Student Assistant Program, applicants must:
  • Be an enrolled member of a federally recognized tribe.
  • Be enrolled or planning to enroll in an accredited college or university.
  • Demonstrate academic merit, leadership potential, and a commitment to community involvement.
  • Proficient in the use of computers is required along with online program platforms.

For more information contact: 
Lana Christensen, School Improvement Director 
Call: 605-455-6178  or Email