UND Center for Community Engagement

Laura-Day 5

In Students' Reflections on March 18, 2011 at 6:17 pm

Today is the last day of our trip. We are on our way back to Grand Forks after spending the week traveling around North Dakota and visiting various communities. Last night we stayed in Rugby, North Dakota, where we visited with residents working for the local radio station, the county newspaper, and the community Job Development Authority. It was interesting to hear about communication and development for the community of Rugby.

We left Rugby this morning and drove to Fort Totten on the Spirit Lake Reservation to visit Cankdeska Cikana Community College. A few of the CCCC students, including the Student Government President and two Nursing students, gave us a tour of the college. We were very impressed with how much the college has to offer. They have a really nice daycare center, which has been very helpful in allowing students with young children to attend college. Cankdeska Cikana Community College is probably one of the greatest assets of Fort Totten. The college benefits the community in many ways, including the way it works to preserve the Native American history and culture.

Overall, this trip has been a great experience. Even though I am from a small town in North Dakota, it was still interesting to visit these rural communities. They reminded me in so many ways of my own community back home. I learned a lot about how to consider what the assets of rural communities are, and how these assets can be used to benefit and promote these communities.

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