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DCB TRiO Director to Represent State on ASPIRE Native American Committee


Dakota College at Bottineau (DCB) is proud to announce their Director of TRiO, Nathan Biggerstaff, will be representing North Dakota on the ASPIRE Native American Committee.  Nathan was asked by the previous ASPIRE president, Darlene Sampson, to serve on the committee and to help North Dakota achieve the committee goals. 


ASPIRE is a professional organization that serves to represent Region 8 TRiO programs within Colorado, Montana, North and South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming. ASPIRE advocates not only for the TRiO programs in their states, but also for all the students who may be TRiO eligible.  The members of the organization devote their careers to advocating for equal opportunities in education for students who are first-generation, low-income, or may have a disability. 


The purpose of the Native American committee is to bring TRiO awareness to the tribal colleges based in the ASPIRE region.  We want these schools to have the opportunity to write a TRiO grant, which will be submitted in late 2019 or early 2020, so they can provide the services necessary to see their TRiO eligible students succeed.  As a committee, with representation from each of the ASPIRE states, we want to help those schools through the grant writing process by providing workshops and a helpful hand.  We are hoping to provide a grant writing workshop in the near future.