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September 28, 2016

Contact: Marcia Shottenkirk, Communications Liaison / 405.422.6237


EL RENO, Okla. — Redlands Community College has been notified by the U.S. Department of Education that it is one of nine recipients in the State of Oklahoma for the Native American-Serving Nontribal Institutions (NASNTI) Program. Redlands will receive $1.7 million to totally fund its NANSTI Program over the course of five years, beginning Oct. 1, 2016.

According to the Education Department, this program provides grants and related assistance to enable institutions to improve and expand their capacity to serve Native American students and low-income individuals.

At Redlands, the funding will specifically be used to renew a focus on accelerating Native American and/or low-income students through developmental education courses and into an associate degree in athletic or fitness trainer.

“Students could then choose to go to work directly in that field or begin work on their bachelor’s degrees in that field through 2+2 agreements that Redlands’ NASNTI Grant Staff will be negotiating with area four-year colleges and universities,” said Troy Milligan, Redlands Director of Institutional Research and Effectiveness and Director for the NASNTI Grant.

A NASNTI grant is a specialized version of the Federal Title III “Strengthening Institutions” grant program. It is geared to help an institution develop programs or services that will help Native American and/or low-income students be successful in college and is only for institutions with at least a 10 percent Native American enrollment.

Redlands has successfully competed for and won three NASNTI grants since the program began in 2008. Previous NASNTI grants were awarded in 2011, for business program development, and 2015, for STEM program development in aquaponics.

“Our commitment to assisting Native American students and other students served by the NASNTI grant is primary to our mission of providing excellent educational opportunities to our service area and helping our students be successful,” said Redlands President Jack Bryant.

Redlands is one of nine colleges in Oklahoma to receive the grant. Others are: Connors State College, Northeastern Oklahoma State University, Seminole State College, Murray State College, East Central University, University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, Northern Oklahoma College and St. Gregory’s University.

For more information, please contact Redlands Community College Communications Liaison, Marcia Shottenkirk, at 405.422.6237 or email