Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation Institute
About the TVR Institute:
In 2015, Northwest Indian College (NWIC) received funding to establish the Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation (TVR) Institute in partnership with the Rehabilitation Counseling Master’s degree program at Western Washington University (WWU). The purpose of the Institute is to meet the vocational rehabilitation training needs in American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation Services (AIVRS), or TVR, programs.
NWIC developed 13 courses in foundational tribal vocational rehabilitation knowledge and skills as a key component of this initiative, which are used by vocational rehabilitation professionals to gain specific AIVRS training and to earn an Award of Completion in TVR Studies. The courses are designed to also be part of a career ladder leading to bachelor’s and master’s degree 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, which will soon be available with a TVR concentration where students may apply their TVR class credits to the degree requirements. Students may also continue their studies in the Master of Arts in Rehabilitation Counseling in partnership with WWU’s Woodring College.
TVR Institute Enrollment
- Look at the Course Schedule, and find the class you wish to take. TVRS 301 is the pre-requisite for TVRS 302-307 and must be taken before or at the same time as any other course. We strongly recommend taking only one course per quarter, especially if it’s your first quarter taking classes. If you wish to earn the Award of Completion, you must take TVRS 301-307 for credit.
- If you are a new student taking classes for-credit (not CEUs), 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 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 (for-credit) or a CEU Registration form (non-credit; please note that you must take all 7 core courses for-credit in order to earn the Award of Completion in TVR Studies).
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*, front and back
- Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood (CDIB)*
- Verification of Tribal Employment Form (if non-Native)*
5. Read and sign the Student Agreement Form.
6. Read and sign the FERPA Waiver. Please include your supervisor’s name and contact information in the box!
7. Please scan and email these to our Participant Coordinator, McKenzie Tham, on or before the deadline listed to the right. We will email you with confirmation of receipt; if you do not receive confirmation from us, please check in or re-send your materials.
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 academic year. 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 $99 per credit at the resident rate
- One 3-credit course costs $297.00
- Two 3-credit courses costs $594.00
- For-credit courses cost $355.35 per credit at the non-resident rate
- CEU courses: $25.00
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 Catalog.
10. If you decide to withdraw from a class before the end of the quarter, please fill out the Add/Drop and submit it to the Participant Coordinator before the quarter withdrawal date.
- If students have not attended class within the first two weeks of the quarter and have not responded to calls or emails, we can do a “Faculty Discretionary Drop” and remove them from the class before they are responsible for any tuition costs (though they are still responsible for the Registration fee).
- Students can also drop classes by the withdrawal deadline for a 100% [tuition] refund, though they are still responsible for fees. Please check the NWIC Academic Calendar for withdrawal deadlines.
*As Northwest Indian College is a tribal college, it is necessary to have these documents in order to complete the registration process.
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.
Summer 2022: June 24, 2022
Fall 2022: September 2, 2022
Winter 2023: December 16, 2022
TVR Institute Courses
TVR Institute Schedule
Summer 2022 Schedule
Quarter dates: July 5 – August 19, 2022
TVR Institute Resources
Below are some important links for those currently enrolled in the TVR Institute!
TVR Institute Technical Assistance
The Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation (TVR) Institute was developed under a grant (H315C150002) from the Department of Education. The contents of this document do not necessarily represent the policy of the Department of Education, and the user should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government. (Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1221e-3 and 3474). Although the authors have made every effort to ensure that the information in this document was correct at the time of writing, the authors do not assume and hereby disclaim any liability to any party for any loss, damage, or disruption caused by errors or omissions, whether such errors or omissions result from negligence, accident or any other cause.
This disclaimer language applies to all TVR Institute materials on the NWIC website and document storage locations and Canvas, and all Institute documents therein.
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.