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Northwest Indian College is honored to be a part of the Nisqually community, located between the Western Washington cities of Lacey and Yelm. The college is currently located at the Walker House--of the Yelm Hwy on Elder's Lane (the red house).
In following the Nisqually mission of perpetuating our home and our culture by helping our people thrive, Northwest Indian College students at Nisqually are encouraged to develop themselves and discover ways to contribute to their communities and families. They learn how to understand and support the educational goals of the Nisqually being of tribal members through social and cultural programs, education, economic development and resource protection.
The Nisqually student body represents various surrounding tribes, including Puyallup, Muckleshoot and Chehalis. Other tribes represented are Blackfeet Nation, Hoopa Valley, Sitka, Northern Cheyenne and Quinault, to name a few.
NWIC-Nisqually Programs and Services
NWIC brings academic programs into the Nisqually community, offering a variety of educational programs to meet academic, vocational and cultural needs. Programs, classes and services offered at s Nisqually site include:
- General Direct Transfer Associate Degree
- A wide range of classes, including English, Math, Science, Humanities, Communications, Carving, PNW Beading and Traditional Plants.
- In order to help students connect with each other, the site also offers weekly study circles in the student lounge, as well as peer tutoring in English and Math by appointment.
Our site works closely with the Nisqually Library, a partnership that gives students access to library workshops, activities and resources. Our best resource is our Library Manager, Faith Hagenhofer. Faith provides students with individual assistance on finding the right resources, information and assistance for completing class projects and assignments. Additionally, we collaborate with the Nisqually Community Garden during the summer to provide traditional plants and foods classes that are offered as Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Continuing Education Units are a non-credit, training and professional development opportunity and are open to all community members. You do not need to be an NWIC student to enroll in these non-credit classes. At the end of your CEU class or activity, participants earn a certificate signed by your instructor and NWIC Site Coordinator that verifies their hours of participation. These are great to add to your resume! NWIC Nisqually is always looking for a great instructor who has a class or activity in any subject area that benefits the community and that they would like to provide as a CEU opportunity for their participants. Instructors can contact the Site Manager, Dawn Barron, for more information.