Northwest Indian College (NWIC), in partnership with Western Washington University (WWU), is pleased to announce the creation of the Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation Institute. The purpose of this new institute is to meet the vocational rehabilitation training needs in American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation Services (AIVRS) programs. To address that need, NWIC, in partnership with WWU, has been awarded a 5-year, $2.4 million grant from the US Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration, through the Capacity Building Program for Traditionally Underserved Populations.
NWIC is currently developing tribal vocational rehabilitation courses as a key component of this initiative, which will be used by vocational rehabilitation professionals to gain specific AIVRS training and to earn a stand-alone credential in tribal vocational rehabilitation. The courses may also be part of a career ladder leading to bachelor’s and master’s programs. Students completing the Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation courses will be able to continue on in NWIC’s Bachelor of Arts in Community Advocates and Responsive Education in Human Services. Students may also continue their studies in the Master of Arts in Rehabilitation Counseling in partnership with WWU’s Woodring College.