Close
Skip to content

Student Life

Home > Student Life

We are honored to serve the students who represent their families and their tribes when they walk through our doors.

STUDENT LIFE AT NWIC

At Northwest Indian College the student body is a diverse group. The average student is a 29-year-old female with at least one dependent. However, increasing numbers of traditional college age students are enrolling right out of high school. Over 75 percent of our students come from a federally-recognized Indian tribe and we represent over 90 different tribal nations. Northwest Indian College proudly serves over 1,100 students annually.

NWIC Student Services and Activities Logo

Message from the Dean of Student Life

Thank you for choosing Northwest Indian College!

At Northwest Indian College, we not only offer quality learning at an affordable cost but also the skills to achieve a balanced education through our philosophy of promoting Indigenous self-determination and knowledge. It is this philosophy that lends to our daily practices and dedication to student success.

Our student-oriented approach is evident in all we do: classroom learning, extra and co-curricular experiences, internships, research, and community outreach. Our investment in students is reflected in our graduates who are leaders in their fields and highly prized by employers. Student success is our highest priority.

As a student at Northwest Indian College, it is important that you understand you are a part of our family and that the Center for Student Success will make our best efforts to ensure you succeed, so that you may provide for yourself, your family, and your community. I encourage you to become involved in clubs, organizations, student government, and service-learning opportunities so that you may make the most of your college experience. It is your responsibility to take charge of your own education, and our Student Services staff will stand by to support you as you take full advantage of this extraordinary place.

Best wishes for a successful year!

Dean of Student Life

Victoria Retasket

Dean of Student Life

Center for Student Success
Contact Information:

NWIC President’s & Dean’s List

Celebrate Our Students Who Earned High Academic Achievement!

PRESIDENT’S LIST AND DEAN’S LIST

Congratulations to our students who earned high academic achievement. The President’s List distinction is limited to students who earn a quarterly grade point average of 4.0. The Dean’s List distinction is limited to students who earn a quarterly grade point average of 3.5-3.99.

PRESIDENT’S LIST WINTER
2020-2021

Elile Adams
Rikki Auguston
Salena Bailey
Andrew Ballew
Mark Bear Dog
Ashley Bell
Carrie Bill
Jeannie Blakley
David Boehme
Jason Brockie
Velena Bryant
Stephanie Butler
Anthony Capetillo
Terri Capoeman
Brent Cleveland
Mollie Cline
Cassandra Cole
Carmen Cooper
Karlee Cooper
Sara Coss
Valerie Cultee
Dean Dan
Sarah Davidson
Ashley Davis
Jordan DeCoteau
Nora Erevia
Jared Etl
Celeste Fossella
Alicia Fulton
Mickki Garrity
Priscilla George
Orinda Goddard
Lillian Hall
Pamela Harris
Autumn Heaton
Dominic Higheagle
Marjorie Hill
Michael Howling Wolf
Heaven James
Ray James
Jacqueline Jameson
Alisha Jefferson
Hailey Joe
Victoria Joe
Jamie Johnson
Richard Johnson
Shoshanah Johnson
Catherine Jones
Kristin Jones
William Jones
Annice Kaubin
Corrina Kaubin
Latoya Kaubin
Justin Ketah
Kiana Kiely
Karlie Kinley
Kenwa Kravitz
Susan LaClair
Jacqueline Lambert
Aaron Lawrence
Monica Little
Vanessa Manuel
Lorena McCloud
Kearsten McCoy
Shawnell Mcfarlane
Calvin Miller
Anna Moses
Chandra Nichols
Sadie Olsen
Alexe Ortiz
Jeffreen Patton
Meghan Peters
Philip Peterson
Kayshish Pichette-Cline
Myrna Red Leaf
Samantha Rosales
Stella Sammaripa
Chesity Slinkey
Victoria Solomon
Candice Thomas
Rosemarie Tom
Randolph Tonasket
George Villaluz
Danielle Waters
Wanda Wong
Layla Yamabe

DEAN’S LIST WINTER
2020-2021

Elizabeth Aldana
Dominique Arthur
Santia Arthur
Mary Banner
Pamela Beans
Deondre Begay
Deontay Begay
Angela Boyd
Sierra Buchert-Mueller
Sara Carle
Eric Dennis
Janyha Ell
Kayani Ell
Macy Eyle
Kaui’lani Fontes
Ashley Good
Gayla Gould
Kacy Green
Matthew Hawk
Cecilea Jose-James
Mercy Kravitz
Marsan Lawyer
Donald McCluskey
Jeannette Meeks
Kaylian Mendoza-Lopez
Alandra Morris
Richard Ogle
Ian Xavior Olson
Ruth Pablo
Clara Plaster
Lauren Preston
Savana Quijada
Stewart Roberts
Maggie Sam
Meagan Sampson
Sadie Spargur
Rudy St Germain
Angel Stewart
Catlin Torres
Alyssa Vaiese
Willissa Walker
Lindy Warden
Marlisa Washington
Sandra Wells
Awasis Williams
Tashina Williams
Vontella Williams
Tiffani Zamudio

Accommodations for Students

At Northwest Indian College, providing equal opportunities for students who experience disabilities is a campus-wide responsibility and commitment. Academic and Student Support services are an integral part of equalizing the post-secondary environment for students who experience disabilities.

NWIC is committed to providing students with disabilities equal opportunities to benefit from all College services, programs, and activities. We comply with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

  • Upon enrollment at NWIC, we ask that you provide the most
    recent documentation form a licensed medical professional that clearly states your diagnoses (IEPS or 504 plans are also accepted). You can email to vretasket@nwic.edu, scan to
    360-392-4255, or bring in person to the Center for Student Success (Building 17).

  • The Dean of Students will review your documentation and create an Accommodation Confirmation Letter. Once you review this letter, it will be submitted to your faculty quarterly upon your enrollment.

  • Faculty Notification letters will be emailed to each of your instructors. Ideally, you will meet with your instructor at the beginning of each quarter to discuss your accommodations and
    communicate any concerns or questions you may have.

Accommodation Resources

Email Dean of Students

Click to Email

Did You Know?

Accommodations can be temporary or long-term. During the COVID-19 pandemic, students are eligible for temporary accommodations due to potential virus impact with a doctor’s note.

You can contact the Dean of
Students for info on out-of-classroom accommodations.

Contact Information

Victoria Retasket – vretasket@nwic.edu
Dean of Students – (360) 392-4255

NWIC Student Resources

First Year Experience

Newileng, welcome students, to First Year Experience, (FYE)
at Northwest Indian College (NWIC).

First Year Experience provides students under forty-five college credits with opportunities to participate in a uniquely designed Indigenous student success initiative that aligns with institutional mission fulfillment. FYE also helps integrate these students into the academic rigor and cultural community of NWIC.

FYE courses and activities help students to:

  • Transition into college.
  • Enhance knowledge and academic skills for college success.
  • Develop an educational degree plan.
  • Connect with local community holistic and wellness support services.
  • Participate in co-curricular activities.
  • Establish personalized student support.
  • Improve student life skills and personal academic organization.

The First Year Experience Student Objectives:

  • Exhibit Tribal place-based awareness.
  • Commitment to Tribal community and civic responsibility.
  • Demonstrate college level skills in mathematics, oral communications, reading, and writing.

NWIC Math and Writing Center

The Math and Writing Center is a safe haven that provides academic support for all students. Peer and professional tutors provide individual and small group tutoring. Support is provided in subjects such as mathematics; including algebra, calculus and statistics, English; such as writing, grammar, editing, and science; with emphasis in chemistry and biological studies. Access to computers and printing services is also available.

Although the Math and Writing Center is located at the Lummi campus, online tutoring is also available for all students, regardless of location. Online tutoring can be accessed by emailing tutoring@nwic.edu. For questions or special tutoring arrangements contact the Math and Writing Center, building 3, at the NWIC Lummi Campus. The Math and Writing Center is typically open from 9-5pm Monday-Thursday and 10-4pm Friday with extended hours during finals week. For more information, please call 360-392-4235.

Lummi Library

The mission of the library is to support the Northwest Indian College and the Lummi Community with research, informational, and recreational resources that enhance life-long
learning.

The collections include more than 30,000 titles in print, audio, and video formats and focus on curricular support and Native American topics while including general interest and children’s materials. Subscriptions provide access to a number of electronic databases. The library also holds the personal collection of Native scholar Vine Deloria, Jr.

The catalog is available through our NWIC Library page. Purchasing or borrowing from other libraries may be an option.

Facilities include a computer lab with internet access and office software, wireless access, photocopying and scanning, study space, and video playback.

Library instruction is available individually and to classes. Distance learning students and faculty are encouraged to use library resources, and to contact the library for details.

View NWIC Library Page

Student Housing

Student Housing Options

StudentDorms

NWIC currently has two housing options. The first is the Residence Life Center (RLC) and the second is the NWIC Family Housing at the Kwina Estates, both located at the Lummi campus.

The mission of the RLC is to build a sustainable community through promotion of healthy living, leadership development, and embracing traditional ways of its residents and the community. Programming will enhance and strengthen individual access to culturally relevant education and personal growth.

The RLC houses 64 students and 3 Resident Assistants. There are double and triple occupancy rooms available. All rooms have a private suite style bathroom, sink, desk, chairs, bunk beds, dressers and space for either a microwave or small fridge.

The RLC also has a fully furnished lounge which includes: Television, Direct TV satellite, couches, chairs, dining set, kitchen and two computer stations. There is an on-site laundry facility and a dining hall where students have meals prepared for them. The quarterly meal plan is required for all residents.

The NWIC Family Housing at the Kwina Estates is located within walking distance from main campus. There are eight 1-bedroom, nine 2-bedroom, and two 3-bedroom apartments available. These units are not furnished. Residents of these units can purchase a quarterly meal plan but it is not required. This option requires an application obtained at the Residence Life Center office or download the PDF Form on this page.

Housing applications will be accepted continuously. All applications must be complete and include the $50.00 application fee. Complete applications will be placed on a waiting list in the order they are received. For more information please contact the Residence Life Center.

NWIC Residence Life Priority Deadlines

NWIC QuartersDeadline Date
Summer QuarterJune 1
Fall QuarterSeptember 1
Winter QuarterDecember 1
Spring QuarterMarch 1

What to Bring

PDF DOWNLOAD

Residence Life Center

Policies & Procedures Handbook
PDF DOWNLOAD

NWIC Kwina Village
Family Housing

Policies & Procedures Handbook
PDF DOWNLOAD

NWIC Athletic Department

Competitive Sports Programs

It is the mission of the Athletic Department to create and foster an environment that provides opportunities to student athletes that enrich their collegiate experience through participation in competitive and cooperative athletics. The Athletic Department values gender and ethnic diversity and is committed to providing equitable opportunities for all students.

Show Your NWIC Spirit – Join Us For Some Games!

Meet Our Staff

Michael Schjang
Athletic Director
Women’s Basketball Coach
(360) 392-4341
maschjang@nwic.edu

Adam Lane
Men’s Basketball Coach
(360) 255-4410
adaml@nwic.edu

For scheduling men’s and women’s games, contact Michael Schjang, Athletic Director

NWIC Catalog 

The Center for Student Success

NWIC Student Services and Programs

CenterStudentSuccessRear

Advising

Northwest Indian College Advisors offer holistic and student-centered guidance, empowering students with practical knowledge and skills to support cultural identity, academic success, self-determination, and personal growth.

What We Do:
Academic advising is provided to students by:

  • Advisors in the Center for Student Success
  • Faculty Advisors in the academic program in which the faculty member teaches, or by
  • Site Managers at our instructional sites.

The academic advisor will work with students to enroll for courses and provide the necessary information to ensure adequate course selection for the student’s intended program of study. Advisors offer assistance to students in understanding degree requirements, planning schedules, and monitoring satisfactory academic progress.  Students should schedule appointments with their advisor to verify that courses they have selected apply to their degree program prior to quarterly registration. While appointments are not mandatory, they are strongly recommended, especially during busy registration times before the start of each quarter. Drop-in advising is always available to students on a first come, first serve basis.

Advising FAQs

Meet your Academic Advisors

Student Connections

The Student Connections Program is designed to provide student support services for students at Northwest Indian College.  The core of the program is the use of success strategies developed by the NWIC TRIO Student Support Program, Peer Mentoring and efficient case management strategies.  These holistic non-cognitive strategies incorporate academic coaching, cultural knowledge and skill building, and development of self-efficacy.  The objectives of the program are to maximize student strengths, identify challenges, and develop a fluid and flexible individual student success plan. Overall goal of the Student Connections Program is to promote persistence, retention, and graduation of NWIC students.  The SCP uses the three-pronged approach focusing on Academics, Events, and Personal Life/Culture. Using these areas as a focus for supporting students, the SCP reaches out to students to support them with:

  1. Proper Academic Advisement and Planning
  2. We connect them with events and activities that are meaningful to their success
  3. We connect them with community opportunities that provide cultural community and a sense of place and identity.

This can include things like introducing them to our Indigenous Wellness events, connecting them with community members, aligning them with students and staff from the same communities and advising the student in a holistic manner.

What We Do:
Academic Coaching is provided to students by:

  • The Student Connections Program Director in the Center for Student Success
  • The Coach Advocate in the academic program in which the faculty member teaches, or by
  • Student Peer Mentors

Academic Coaching

Meet your Student Connections Staff

Student Clubs and Organizations

NWIC Campus Clubs and Organizations

Campus clubs and organizations exist for a variety of reasons.
Clubs allow students to develop a community of people with similar interests. Clubs often provide a door into the non-academic world through professional contacts with business and Tribal leaders. Clubs and organizations provide students a way for involvement in the larger community. Clubs and organizations add value to a student’s collegiate experience. Students may create a Campus Club with a group of students coming together with a collective mission that aligns with the college’s mission.

Campus Clubs and Organizations include, but are not limited to:

  • All full and part-time students on the main and extended campuses are automatically members of the Associated Students and are entitled to privileges and responsibilities of such membership. The ASNWIC annually elects an Executive board to represent the interests of students at all NWIC campuses. The Executive Board consists of student officers as President, Vice-President of finance, Vice-President of Clubs and Organizations, Vice-President of Activities, and Vice-President of Extended Campuses. The primary function of the Student Executive board is for student involvement in the college decision-making process and communication between college administration and students. In addition, the organization provides programs which meet the needs of students in the areas of education, culture, social activity and student welfare.

Want to Start an NWIC Club?

NWIC students are encouraged to be involved in an existing club or organize a group of students to form a new club.

NWIC Extended Campus Locations

Northwest Indian College‘s main campus is located at the Lummi Nation. The College also has six full service extended campus sites located at Muckleshoot, Nez Perce, Nisqually, Port Gamble S’Klallam, Swinomish, and Tulalip. Please use the location links to view details for each extended campus site.

Student Life

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.

Financial Aid

Northwest Indian College administers a broad range of financial aid, scholarships, and work-study programs for students who can demonstrate financial need.

AR Hold Waivers
Available Now!

Come Back Today – Contact Financial Aid

Build Your Future.