Academic Journey

Posted by | Dec 13, 2010 | No Comments

Academic Journey was developed through a partnership between St. Louis County Schools Indian Education Programs and MRCTC (Mesabi Range Community & Technical College) in the Fall of 2006.  The purpose of this program is to introduce American Indian high school students to the culture of college through hands on, realistic experiences in actual college classrooms with college instructors.  Initially, the activities took place only on the two Mesabi campuses: Eveleth and Virginia.  On these trips the students explored a variety of degree, transfer, and certificate programs.  At the Eveleth Campus-students experienced Carpentry, Nursing, Masonry, and Graphic Arts while the Virginia Campus gave them an opportunity to take an Anthropology class, learn about Student Support Services, play in the weight room, and challenge college gym students in Dodgeball.

During the 2013-2014 school year students are working with in progress artist/teacher Kristine Sorenson. Telling our stories through video and photographs is a good way to show what we experience. Students will be uploading their work to a community vimeo site and google photo site to share.

In Progress’s mission is to diversify cultural dialogue and pave the way for new voices in the field of digital art making.   In Progress provides opportunities for young people to develop their skills as storytellers, artists, and leaders through the use of photography, video, music and other forms of digital media.  This small non-profit has been promoting the voices of young and newly developing artists since its inception in 1996.  Those of us that work with In Progress are committed to breaking down barriers of geography, class, education, and culture.   We use digital art making as a tool for public discourse, while building the skills of young people so they may create, teach and lead.

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