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College celebrates successes

Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College came together with community members to celebrate the successes that we have achieved together over the last six months and discuss the future of the College.


“Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College is becoming the strongest it has ever been because it is a true community-driven college” says Dr. Russell Swagger, President of Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College.


Together, we:

Renewed relationships with communities we serve

Restoring relationships with Elders

Increased our influence through Dr. Swagger’s appointment to the UW Madison Extension Board, Impact 7 Board, and the Wisconsin Higher Educational Aids Board

Partnered with the Public Theater, Hayward Rotary Club and Sherman and Ruth Weiss Library to bring Sweat to the College, a collaboration with Public Theater, Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College

Created a College Newsletter

Secured an Endowed Scholarship Fund

Signed agreements to return to Red Cliff & Bad River and submitted application to the Higher Learning Commission requesting to move permanently

Completed a successful Higher Learning Commission multi-location visit

Introduced a new Indigenous Culinary Arts Certificate Program

Created Kwe groups and an Art Club for students.

Completed a Multi-Purpose Building at the Farm that includes a commercial kitchen and student agriculture laboratory

Developed and began offering new continued education micro-certificates for academic credit

Secured Grants through USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) totaling $560,000 over 4 years

Secured a sub-contract with the LCO Tribe thru WisDOT to provide Road Construction Training