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About TVR:

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.

Dean of Academics

Destiny Petroske

Dean of Academics

TVR Contacts

McKenzie Tham
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Laura Maudsley
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Enrollment in TVR

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Please read and follow all directions carefully.
  1. Look at the Course Schedule, and find the class you wish to take. We strongly recommend taking only one course per quarter, especially if it’s your first quarter taking classes.
  2. If you are a new student, fill out the online Admissions Application.
  • When prompted, select “Lummi” for Campus Location, “Non-program” for Enrollment Classification, and “Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation” for Program of Study.
  • If you’d prefer, you can fill out the paper version of the Admissions Application and send it directly to the Admissions department at
  • If you have difficulties filling out the form, or do not have a copy of your High School Diploma or GED, please contact Admissions at 360-392-4269 or, and they will assist you.

     3. Fill out a Registration form.

     4. Submit a copy of at least one of the following. Please ensure that the copy you send is legible, especially the enrollment number!

     5. Read and sign the Student Agreement form.

     6. Read and sign the FERPA form. Please include your supervisor’s name in the box! 

     7. Please scan and email these to our Participant Coordinator, McKenzie Tham, on or before the deadline listed to the right.

     8. Determine if you will need to request a scholarship. Scholarships may be available if your supervisor or program director has determined that your program is experiencing financial hardship, and does not have funds available to pay for staff development. You will need to submit a new scholarship request each quarter. Please note that if a student receives a scholarship they are expected to fully participate in and complete the class. Not doing so will affect the possibility of future scholarships. Contact McKenzie Tham for more details.

     9. If funds are available, arrange for payment of tuition and fees, which you are responsible for even if you withdraw from classes.


  • For-credit courses cost $148.12 per credit at the resident rate
    • One 3-credit course costs $444.36
    • Two 3-credit courses costs $888.72
  • For-credit courses cost $355.35 per credit at the non-resident rate

      Fees (for-credit courses only):

  • Non-refundable enrollment fee: $35.00
  • Technology fee: $50.00
  • If taking six or more credits:
    • Activity fee: $20.00
  • Late registration fee: $35.00
  • For more information on tuition and fees, please view the Northwest Indian College 2019-2021 Catalog.

10. If you decide to withdraw from a class before the end of the quarter, please fill out the Add Drop Form and submit it to the Participant Coordinator before the quarter withdrawal date.

*As Northwest Indian College is a tribal college, it is necessary to have these documents in order to complete the registration process. 

Please note: if this is not your first quarter enrolling in a TVR Institute course, you do not need to re-submit all of the above documents. Please just submit a new registration form with the course(s) you wish to take each quarter.

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TVR Courses




Spring 2021 Schedule

April 5 – June 18, 2021

TVRS 301: History

Tuesday / Thursday 12-1pm PST

Instructor: Donna Adamson

TVRS 304: IPE Development

Tuesday / Thursday 3-4pm PST

Instructor: Letitia Freed

TVRS 306: Job Search and Employment

Monday / Wednesday 1-2pm PST

Instructor: Rachel Silves

TVRS 307: Resource Management

Tuesday / Thursday 11am-12pm PST

Instructor: Suzanne Malson

TVRS 308: Addictions and TVR Services

Tuesday / Thursday 4:15-5:15pm PST

Instructor: Rachel Allen

TVRS 310: Psychiatric Disabilities

Tuesday / Thursday 12-1pm PST

Instructor: Angie Santa Ana

Technical Assistance


TVR Institute Technical Assistance (TA) is about helping Institute participants with the APPLICATION of knowledge and skills learned through Institute classes. When students have an issue with providing services we want to give them additional information they need outside of class to feel comfortable providing TVR services. We also wish to support students by creating a framework for a Community of Practice where students can help, support and even teach each other.

TA topics and services will be documented and those that come up repeatedly on the forum will be incorporated into new or current classes.

Who is eligible for Institute TA?

  • Institute graduates
  • Current students
  • Those who have taken one or more class with the Institute, credit or non-credit (CEU)

What are Institute TA activities?

  • One-on-One Technical Assistance
  • Graduates and students can call or write the Institute to ask questions about applying the knowledge and skills that they gained in class to their work. TA will be provided over the phone, via email, or primarily, via the TVR Institute Technical Assistance Forum in Canvas. Depending on the situation, TA may also be provided onsite at the student’s program office.
  • There are two Institute staff who will be assisting students with their technical assistance questions:
    • Laura Maudsley, Institute Director. For 12+ years, Laura worked as a VRC and later, program director, for three TVR programs in Western Washington. She can be reached at or 360-255-4431.
    • Donna Adamson, Training Specialist and Instructor. Donna worked at the Samish Nation VR program as a counselor and director for over 8 years. You can reach her at or 360-855-5305.
  • Students will be referred to relevant class(es) if they haven’t taken them yet, but TA services will be provided to help the student get through the current situation they need assistance with.
  • Community of Practice (CoP)
    • A Community of Practice is a community of colleagues working together to share ideas, methods, and support.
    • Since the Institute operates within a sharing culture, we feel it is important to give participants an opportunity to communicate with, support and problem-solve with each other.

What are Community of Practice activities?

  • forum for people to ask questions related to providing program services to other participants. The forum is located on the discussion board in the TVR Technical Assistance Forum (←make hyperlink).
    • The forum for the CoP will be moderated by Institute staff and a TVR program director, to ensure that questions are getting answered accurately and appropriately.
    • Guidelines and “Ground rules” guide posting and discussions on the forum. Participants are asked to eliminate all identifying characteristics when describing a particular case or situation.
  • Participant Success Stories Sharing Board, where participants are encouraged to post participant success stories to share with and inspire their peers.
  • The Institute now offers “Coffee Breaks.” These events will take place in GoToTraining (accessed through the TA Forum in Canvas). A guest speaker will present or discuss a TVR-related topic and be available for questions or comments. Following this, there will be time for participants to talk together and discuss TVR issues.
  • The Coffee Breaks will be recorded and archived, and materials presented and discussed will be available. Content may also be used in current or future classes.
  • Topics, dates and times of Coffee Breaks will be announced via newsletters sent out by the TVR Institute Participant Coordinator.


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