Stone Child College
RR1, Box 1082
Box Elder, MT 59521
Mission, Vision, Educational Philosophy
Stone Child College (SCC), a tribally controlled community college, exists to deliver post-secondary education in the Rocky Boy Community. SCC provides student access for educational training needs through accredited certificates and degree programs for transfer, workforce entry, continuing and developmental education. The college promotes the vision “Making our Dreams Happen with Academic Excellence, Culture and Commitment.” SCC adheres to guiding principles that include preserving and promoting the languages, cultures, and histories of the Chippewa Cree, assisting tribal organizations and maintaining a student-centered, life-long learning oriented environment.
The Chippewa-Cree Business Committee chartered Stone Child College in May 1984 after years of increasing local support for a new college designed to meet the specific needs of the Chippewa-Cree people. The college received accreditation from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities in 1993. SCC became a Land Grant Institution in 1994.
Campus expansion and the addition of new buildings marked the growth of SCC during its short history. SCC completed construction on the campus library in 2002. The main academic and administrative building, Kennewash Hall, opened in 2003. In 2006, SCC opened its vocational building. The most recent addition to campus, a wellness center, opened in April 2010.
Geographic Features and Challenges
Stone Child College is located seven miles east of Box Elder, Montana. SCC serves the Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation, the smallest reservation in Montana. Located in north-central Montana, the reservation lies 30 miles south of the city of Havre, and 40 miles south of the Canadian border. Approximately 3,300 Chippewa Cree tribal members reside on the reservation.
While SCC continues to confer two-year degrees to a growing number of tribal members, local employment and continued educational opportunities are limited. SCC graduates must travel 30 miles to reach the nearest four-year university. The reservation houses no light industries or businesses except for small family-owned enterprises. The community relies upon grazing, dryland farming, and tribal employment to fuel the local economy.
Academics and Students
More than 25 faculty members teach a student body that ranges between 300 and 400 students each fall. In the 2009-10 academic year, 47 percent of students enrolled full-time, 58 percent were female, and 93 percent identified as American Indian. That year, SCC awarded 13 associates’ degrees.
SCC offers 15 associates’ of arts degree programs, five associates’ of science degree programs, and six certificate programs.
Other Outstanding Accomplishments
SCC has quickly become a first choice college in just the past few years. Through the development of recruitment tools, strategies and programs, the college conducts extensive outreach to reservation high schools. Attracted by SCC’s low-cost tuition, cultural courses, and programs that enhance the student experience—the new college basketball league, for example—younger and younger students continue to matriculate to SCC directly after graduating from high school.