Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation Institute
Submitted by Michael Cruse on August 3, 2017 - 4:05pm
What is the purpose of the Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation Institute?
Northwest Indian College (NWIC), in partnership with Western Washington University (WWU), was awarded a five-year grant on October 1, 2015 through the Capacity Building Program for Traditionally Underserved Populations under section 21(b)(2)(C) of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended (29 U.S.C 718(b)(2)(c)) (Rehabilitation Act). The purpose is to establish a new institute to meet the vocational rehabilitation (VR) training needs in American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation Services (AIVRS) programs. The NWIC partnership created the Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation (TVR) Institute to implement the training.
Who can benefit from participating in the Institute?
The TVR Institute has developed a structured program of training for AIVRS project personnel with limited knowledge or experience in the VR field in order to improve the delivery of VR services to American Indians with disabilities. The training focuses on foundational VR knowledge and skills and the courses can be taken for college credit or CEU credit. By taking all 7 courses for college credit, participants will earn an Award of Completion in Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation Studies through NWIC. The Award of Completion can be used to seek employment in the TVR field or participants can choose to continue to pursue college education and possibly transfer the courses into a bachelor’s degree program. Institute staff can help advise participants who are interested in pursuing a bachelor’s or master’s degree.