Navajo Technical University

Crownpoint, NM – On November 28, 2023, NTU’s administration and professors convened to explore the potential for fostering collaborative relationships with external companies to enhance students’ prospects of securing internships and employment post-graduation. A palpable optimism and enthusiasm marked the gathering for future possibilities. Jack Soto, the Senior Program Manager at American Indian College Fund, expressed deep admiration for NTU’s collaboration, mainly its association with NASA.

During the meeting, Jack warmly introduced himself and conveyed his sincere appreciation for Tribal colleges and universities as vibrant hubs of higher education. He outlined AICF’s commitment to utilizing grant funds to support TCU schools in facilitating dual credit enrollment and encouraging high school students to pursue college associate degrees. Additionally, he shared insights into the Career Readiness Pathways Program (CRPP), designed to equip students with the skills and mindset necessary for thriving in their chosen careers, bolstering student success and graduation rates.

Dr. Delores Becenti enthusiastically highlighted NTU’s ongoing engagement with Gallup McKinley County High School and the community of Tohatchi as part of a comprehensive 5-year plan. She expressed her confidence in NTU’s expansion of dual credit offerings in Tohatchi and the potential for further growth. The program aims to provide students with holistic career planning, exposure through internships, and career-readiness training opportunities, thus empowering them to succeed at various levels. Moreover, she underscored NTU’s commitment to providing robust employment prospects for its graduates, fostering a positive outlook for their future.

Jack Soto enthusiastically regards NTU as one of the top technical institutions in the country. He expressed optimism about potential job opportunities for Navajo Nation students after graduation.

Dr. Colleen Bowman, NTU Provost, enthusiastically mentioned, “NTU and GMCS schools have exciting plans for future dual credit programs tailored to the student’s preferences. Some courses include IT, Cybersecurity, Early Childhood Multicultural Education, and Welding.” In a collaboration between Navajo Technical University and UNM-Gallup, a separate dual credit enrollment project will be tailored to local high school students, providing them with a broader range of classes and trade options on the UNM Gallup Property.

Moreover, Jack Soto was delighted to engage with students, faculty, and staff during his visit.

Through the teachings of Nitsáhákees (thinking), Nahátá (planning), Īína (implementing), and Siihasin (reflection), students acquire quality education in diverse fields while preserving cultural values and gaining economic opportunities.
For more information, contact:

Delores Becenti, EdD.
Enrollment/Dual Credit Director
Sky Hawk Central
Navajo Technical University
P: 505 – 387 – 7404

The American Indian College Fund (AICF-TCU) Scholarship application is available online. Students interested in applying are encouraged to scroll down to TCU Scholarship:


Navajo Technical University continues to honor Diné culture and language while educating people for the future.

Dale Morgan, Communications Specialist