California Tribal College
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Academically-Rigorous Curricula Designed for Tribal Students 

The curriculum of the California Tribal College will focus on the specific needs of tribal communities across California.   Disciplines being considered include health care administration, business administration, management, federal Indian law, cultural and resource protection, and tribal governance.

The California Tribal College is designed to help Native students pursue and achieve the education they need to succeed, and to work as tribal leaders advancing the cultural and economic welfare of their individual communities.

Two and Four Year Degree Programs

The CTC’s Board of Regents has decided to initially offer two year Associate’s degree programs in a range of studies, with four year degree programs to be developed.

To ensure Native students from all parts of California can access CTC programs, courses will be offered both online and in classrooms.  Research has indicated the Sacramento area will be the best location for the development of a California Tribal College campus.

Certificate Programs

Since 2015, the California Tribal College has been offering certificate programs in specialized courses of study of specific interest and value to Native students of all ages – from young tribal members to elders who are elected Council Members and Chairs.

To date, four Certificate Programs in Tribal Leadership and Governance have been conducted with curriculum including instruction in subjects like federal Indian law and policy, tribal governance, and Native culture and preservation.

The response has been overwhelming. So far, 215 students from 60 tribes have completed the weeklong program and earned certificates.



The Board of Regents has directed the California Tribal College to work toward full accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).