10 Aug 2015

Port Gamble S’Klallam Site graduates first four-year cohorts in Science and Tribal Leadership

On June 16, Department Chair, Lexie Tom visited our site to witness and record three Capstone Projects presented by Judith Hunt, Rebecca Purser and Karleen Crow.

On June 17, Department Chair, Emma Norman and Luke Heaton visited the site to witness and record three Captsone Projects presented by Hemeh Alexis, Shallee Baker and Charin Godbolt.

Capstone Projects are begun in the spring quarter of a students third year progression.  At this time, students are prepared to draft and begin researching information on a subject they feel passionate about.  Many of our students at our site are parents; they work either on a full-time job or independently as natural resource harvesters.  Either choice is a tough choice, making their academic work in addition to their professional work, not to mention routine parenting responsibilities extraordinary challenges.  By the end of spring quarter, they have a subject selection and continue into the following fall quarter to develop their subject expanding or targeting their research subject to a tighter focus.  They integrate life experience they have in internships, other people’s interviews, textbook or agency research information and comprise photos, articles, graphs and data to support their work.

Their final quarter at Northwest Indian College is spent with their faculty adviser drafting their final papers, preparing media presentations and drafting supporting documents to their work.  Their research is formally presented to the Chair of their program.  In the Native Studies Leadership, the Chair is Lexie Tom.  In the Native Environmental Science Program, the Chair is Emma Norman.  We are thankful these two were present for each presentation.  Our lead for the Native Studies Leadership Program is Colleen Almojuela, Squamish Nation.  Our lead for Native Environmental Science is C. Joyce Mc Clain.