Salish Kootenai College (SKC), in the Flathead Reservation in the northwestern corner of Montana, is the largest of the seven Tribal colleges in the State. In 2011, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) National Tribal Liaison Monique Fordham from the Office of Tribal Relations/Office of Science Quality and Integrity began discussions with SKC faculty to examine ways the USGS could assist with classes taught as part of the new hydrology program at the college. With funding provided by the USGS Office of Tribal Relations, Roy Sando from the Wyoming-Montana Water Science Center began collaborating with SKC. From 2012 to 2017, Sando and others have developed and taught eight educational workshops at SKC. Topics of the workshops have included classifying land cover using remote sensing, characterizing stream channel migration, estimating actual evapotranspiration, modeling groundwater contamination plumes, and building custom geographic information system tools. By contributing to the educational training of SKC students and establishing this high level of collaboration with a Tribal college, the USGS is demonstrating its commitment to helping build the next generation of Tribal scientists.
Sando, Roy, and Fordham, Monique, 2017, Salish Kootenai College and U.S. Geological Survey partnership—Enhancing student opportunities and professional development: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2017–3065, 2 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20173065.
ISSN: 2327-6932 (online)
ISSN: 2327-6916 (print)
Table of Contents
- Salish Kootenai College
- U.S. Geological Survey Workshops
- Benefits of the Partnership—Beyond the Classroom
Additional publication details
|Publication Subtype||USGS Numbered Series|
|Title||Salish Kootenai College and U.S. Geological Survey partnership—Enhancing student opportunities and professional development|
|Series title||Fact Sheet|
|Publisher||U.S. Geological Survey|
|Publisher location||Reston, VA|
|Contributing office(s)||WY-MT Water Science Center|
|Online Only (Y/N)||N|