Today, we visited the Tohono O’odham Community College and spoke with Paul Robertson!
Sitting around a room listening to the president (Paul Robertson) and a guy in outreach known as Danny, we learned a lot about the community college. Later, two other employees joined us. I was impressed with the amount of pride that those who work at the school take in it. Furthermore, I felt that the employees have a strong desire for the students to succeed and genuinely care about those whom they seek to educate.
Having already researched education among the Tohono O’odham, I already knew of the community college before experiencing it firsthand today; nevertheless, many things caught my attention. On a handout given to us, I saw how those graduating from the community college are experiencing significantly less unemployment. I was also glad to hear about the amount of grant money being offered to the community college. By and large, I got the impression that the Tohono O’odham Community College greatly values educational efficiency. The school wants to enhance the skills of the students in such a manner that minimizes costs. For starters, the buildings are simple and modest, and secondly, the college does not seem to provide the excessive non-academic amenities found at other institutions.
Although the community college will not solve the developmental problems facing the Tohono O’odham overnight, it nevertheless serves as a beacon of hope for future generations to have more upward mobility.