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Cankdeska Cikana Community College Abstract

Published: May 19, 2016
Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG)
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Building Pathways to a Brighter Future

Cankdeska Cikana Community College

Next Steps II

Location: Fort Totten, ND


Five-Year Project Period: September 30, 2015 - September 29, 2020

Annual Award Amount: $1,272,956

Type of Organization: Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities

Service Area: The State of North Dakota

Target Population: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients, Native Americans, and low-income individuals


Number of individuals that will be enrolled in the overall HPOG program: 344

Number of TANF recipients that will be enrolled: 20

Number of individual participants that will begin basic skills education: 50

Number of individual participants that will complete basic skills education: 34

Number of participants that will begin any healthcare occupational training: 321

Number of participants that will complete any healthcare occupational training: 300

Number of individual participants that will obtain employment in a healthcare occupation: 237


Cankdeska Cikana Community College’s (CCCC’s) Next Steps II program builds upon the Next Steps I program created in a previous HPOG project (2010–2015). CCCC has developed a successful model for providing a career pathway approach to healthcare training that leads to well-paying, sustainable employment for American Indian people and low-income individuals and meets critical healthcare workforce needs on and off reservations in North Dakota. Next Steps II will continue CCCC’s focus on the empowerment of American Indian people who are on TANF (or whose income is below 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Level).

This project will continue to build upon partnerships with state and tribal TANF programs and a range of employers to develop a sustainable infrastructure for continued educational and job retention strategies. Support services include case management, child care, transportation assistance, tuition assistance, educational supplies (uniforms, scrubs, stethoscopes, etc.), and job placement. Training is provided for the following occupations: Certified Nursing Assistant, Certified Medical Assistant, Medical Receptionist/Information Clerk, Medical Insurance Coder, Medical Records/Pharmacy Technician, EKG Technician, Renal Dialysis Technician, Radiologic Technician, Occupational Therapy Assistants, Dental Assistants, Health Information Technologist, Medical Laboratory Technician, Emergency Medical Technician, Paramedic, Phlebotomist,  Dietician, Nutritionist, Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Nurse, and Healthcare Social Worker. The project’s major partners include CCCC; Director of Economic Assistance Policy Division, North Dakota Department of Human Services; North Dakota Governor’s Workforce Development Council; U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Apprenticeship; and various healthcare employers in the state. CCCC’s Next Steps II Program has also developed relationships with the Tribal Directors on the Spirit Lake Nation, Standing Rock Nation, and Ft. Berthold reservations to develop co-enrollment for tribal TANF. CCCC developed a relationship with Knife River Care Center, a large healthcare provider, which resulted in a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to provide training in the Nursing Career Pathway. One of the provisions in this MOU is development of a healthcare apprenticeship program with this employer.

Last Reviewed: April 23, 2019