Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation Institute
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.
Programs of Study and Awards of Completion
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Enrollment in TVR
- 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.
- 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 email@example.com.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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!
- Tribal Enrollment or Identification Card*
- Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood (CDIB)*
- Verification of Tribal Employment (if non-Native)*
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.
ABOVE: OPTION 1
BELOW: OPTION 2
Spring 2021 Schedule
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
NWIC students are encouraged to engage and integrate into the life of the institution. Students are offered opportunities to participate in enrichment activities through Student Affairs, student government, and residence life.
Northwest Indian College administers a broad range of financial aid, scholarships, and work-study programs for students who can demonstrate financial need.