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  • 74 grads walk in college ceremony

    Taylor Warnes|May 19, 2023

    Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College celebrated this year's graduates at a commencement ceremony on Thursday, May 11, with 74 of this year's 131 graduates walking the stage. Dr. Arne Vainio provided the commencement address, and student speakers included Valerie Zhaawendaagozikwe and Gracee Petersen. During her welcoming remarks in the Lester Jack Bridges Cultural Center, FDLTCC acting president Anita Hanson honored the former president, the late Stephanie Hammitt. "Yesterday and this... Full story

  • Taking Classes Outdoors

    Taylor Warnes|Jul 8, 2022

    Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College will soon have an outdoor classroom on campus by this fall. The new space will be known as the Megwayaak ("in the woods") classroom and will be located between the campus amphitheater and the Chiringa art piece. The classroom, constructed by TKDA with general contractor Max Gray Construction, will feature a demonstration kitchen and space for classes and other activities. "We are so excited about Megwayaak," said Courtney Kowalczak, director of the...

  • FDLTCC students get Thanksgiving boost

    Taylor Warnes, FDLTCC|Nov 26, 2021

    The annual Giving Thanks Feast could not be held this year due to the pandemic, so Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College staff brought Thanksgiving to them by creating Thanksgiving food bundles. Through a partnership with B&B Market of Cloquet, the food bundles were assembled into convenient packages for contactless pickup Friday, Nov. 19. Each food bundle included a turkey, one box of stuffing, pumpkin pie and whipped cream, vegetables, potatoes, cranberries, rolls and butter. Roughly 70...

  • Passing on wild rice techniques

    Taylor Warnes|Sep 17, 2021

    Students from Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College and others got an in-depth look at wild rice and how to harvest it Saturday at the annual Manoomin demonstration camp at Leeman Lake. The lessons learned included "how to sustainably harvest, or knock, the rice without breaking the stems to drying, parching, and winnowing the rice to get the final product that ends up at our dining room table," said Courtney Kowalczak, director of the Environmental Institute at the college. "Each step is a...