April 18, 2024 CONTACT: (CTC) 530-796-8600 (Sacramento State) 916-217-8366

The California Tribal College Board of Regents and California State University, Sacramento, President Luke Wood announce a partnership focused on providing quality higher education opportunities and resources to Native American students across the state. Beginning on April 12, 2024, the California Tribal College (CTC) administration will be located at California State University Sacramento (CSUS). The partnership will provide post-secondary educational opportunities for Native and non-Native students. Courses and programs, grounded in the CTC’s mission “to provide relevant, high-quality workforce and post-secondary education to the Tribal communities of California” will strengthen and uphold Tribal sovereignty, empower tribal leadership, cultivate tribal youth leadership, and help students attain Tribal cultural and language enrichment through rigorous curricula. With support from more than 70 California Tribal governments and national and statewide tribal organizations, the California Tribal College has worked strategically with education experts and Tribal leaders since 2011 to lay the foundation for an enduring educational institution to serve Native students and tribal governments for generations to come. Incorporated as a 501(c)(3) and overseen by a 13-member Board of Regents consisting of academic, tribal, and business leaders, the CTC began offering non-accredited educational programs in 2015 and accredited programs in 2021. To date, the CTC has served over 700 students statewide through its accredited and non-accredited partnerships, offering certificate programs and associate degrees.

“There is a pressing need for tribal baccalaureate and graduate degrees for California Tribal people. The CSUS partnership is committed to meeting that demand.”

The CTC and Sacramento State partnership is unique in California. No other four-year college or university in California is partnering with any Tribal College or University to secure WASC accreditation for baccalaureate and graduate degrees.

“Our Native American students deserve a pathway to success and support while attaining their college degree,” Wood said. “From our new Esak’timá Center and partnerships such as this, Sacramento State is taking action to increase the enrollment and graduation rates of students in the Native American community. We want to be the No. 1 college for serving Native American students.”

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