Tribes were nominated for the award by the WVCC Trustees

Vancouver – In recognition of work done in higher education, the Colville Tribes received the 2018 Partner of the Year Award from the Washington State Association of College Trustee, Thursday in Vancouver.

“It is truly an honor for the Colville Tribes to be nominated by Wenatchee Valley College and unanimously selected by all of the community colleges throughout Washington State for the Partner of the Year Award,” said Colville Tribal Education and Employment Division Director Tammy James-Pino. “This award captures the true spirit of successful collaboration and sends a strong message of the value of engaging tribal communities in higher education and customizing content to fit the needs of our community, which seems to be an innovative approach for college institutions.”

The Tribes were nominated for the award by the Wenatchee Valley College Board of Trustees.

A release from the ACT reads, “Colville Tribes’ role in building support for community and technical colleges is clear. Testimonials from both students and employers demonstrate this to be true. Colville Tribes’ dedication to develop, improve and promote higher education offerings has made a significant impact in a very short time frame.”

“I’ve been fortunate to witness the strong impact these opportunities have on students as they continue to develop confidence, leadership skills, a strong sense of who they are as tribal members and ultimately acquiring knowledge that will help them to earn their degrees to add value to our tribal workforce and membership,” said Pino. 

“This is a great example of the Colville Tribe prioritizing education and expanding opportunities for our workforce and students. It is a strong beginning and we will continue to work hard to grow our partnership with Wenatchee Valley College.”

The ACT is a nine-member board appointed by the governor. On their website they define themselves as a group that “advocates, coordinates and directs Washington state’s system of 34 public community and technical colleges.”

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