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Career & Technical Education

Welcome to the Career & Technical Department of Leech Lake Tribal College where you will be taught the skills and knowledge for employment as a police officer, carpenter, business manager or electrician. In addition, the department offers custom training and continuing education opportunities for brushing up on or advancing your skills in many fields of study.

As director, it is my responsibility to assure that class-room and hands-on teaching match job skills identified by employers. To that end, our teachers are industry experts with many years of experience, and through self-employment as well as continuing education, they keep current on their skills

In addition, I am responsible for assuring that when you graduate from one of our programs, you have learned to create a resume and cover letter that you can be proud to present to potential employers.

Sincerely,
Rocky Carpenter
Chair of Career and Technical Education
B.S. Career and Technical Education

Career and Technical Education Faculty
Bonnie Holmes, M.Ed. Early Childhood Education, Concordia University, 2007
Dan Walker
JoAnn Stute, M.P.A. General Management/Human Resources, University of Nebraska, 1998
Matt Stiehm, Ed.D. Leadership, Argosy University, 2010
Ryan O’Leary, M.A. Business Management, College of St. Scholastica, 1998

Rochell

Rochell "Rocky" Carpenter
Career & Technical Education Department Chair and Carpentry Instructor

rocky.carpenter@lltc.edu
(218) 335-4287


The program is designed for students to receive an Associate of Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.) in Business Management upon completion of the requirements. The Associate of Applied Science degree in Business Management provides the opportunity for students to study more in-depth in one subject area such as Business Management.

Students who choose this option are not primarily interested in transferring into a four-year degree program, but in entering the job market immediately upon completion of the A.A.S. degree. However, some of the business and accounting courses will transfer into a four-year degree program.


The Law Enforcement Associate in Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.) is part of the Professional Peace Officer Education Program requirement for the Minnesota Peace Officer licensing standards. All course work is certified by the Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) and meets the mandated learning objectives.

The degree also applies for those interested in other areas of the justice system. However, this program is NOT designed to be a two-year transferable program.


This program is designed for students to receive an Associate in Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education. The program will provide students with an opportunity to customize their educational background to fit the student’s future four-year Early Childhood Education major. Leech Lake Tribal College offers a combination of culturally relevant course work, general liberal arts courses, interactive education classes, and practical experience with young children.

Instructors provide individual assistance and classroom experiences that address many individual learning styles.


This program integrates building science applications for energy performance (Passivhaus, zero energy ready home-DOE, Energy Star Rated) and multidisciplinary approaches from ecology, agriculture, architecture and construction into a two-year program.

This program prepares you to design, build, integrate, and maintain renewable and traditional energy systems. You’ll develop an in-depth understanding of inhabitant science concepts along with orientation, use, and energy auditing skills, which allow you to perform site assessments.

Graduates of this program have working knowledge of a variety of sustainable energy technologies including solar, permaculture design, building envelope, and heating/cooling system alternatives. Our mission to design sustainable human environments puts human social and economic benefit on par with our aesthetic and environmental aims.


This program prepares the student with skills and knowledge for a career in residential carpentry. The program coursework will provide the student with a mix of technical and general education, theory and hands-on learning experiences. The student progresses from basic skills to those required of a carpenter’s apprentice. General areas of study include building codes, blueprint reading, estimating, site building-science layout, concrete, framing, and interior & exterior finish.

The Residential Carpentry diploma program provides graduates with skills required of a carpenter in a variety of building construction settings common in rural, metro or reservation settings.


The LLTC construction electricity program is certified by the Minnesota State Electrical Board, and courses are designed to meet the educational standards of the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry for a two-year construction electrician diploma. Likewise, the program is designed to meet the requirements for union apprenticeships upon completion of the student’s studies.

The learning experience includes both technical and general education courses taught through theory and hands-on practice.


The LLTC Residential electrical program offers two program options to all students who are interested in a career related to construction electricity. The first is a One Year Electrical Technician certificate (32 credits) with an emphasis in construction electricity where you will learn to build, install, maintain and repair electrical systems. An emphasis on sustainable residential electricity will prepare students for careers in the emerging green technology field. This certificate does not solely qualify for Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry Apprenticeship experiential credit but does count toward the LLTC Two-Year Residential Electrical Diploma.

The One-Year Electrical Technician Certificate and is an excellent way to record an individual’s course work in transcript form and prepare individuals for a career in construction electricity.

As a graduate of our One-Year Electrical Technician program you are equipped to enter the workforce gaining experience towards a journeyman or master electrician, depending on your interest or skill level. Or you may choose to further your education towards a two year residential electrical diploma (63 credits)