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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 classroom 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.

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

Career and Technical Education Faculty
Delana Smith, Ed.D. Educational Administration and Leadership, St. Cloud State University, 2019
         M.S. Ed. Education with an Online Teaching Certificate, Bemidji State University, 2015
Saul Saucedo, B.S.  Business CESUES 2004. Building Analyst, Quality Control Inspector B.P.I. 
Matt Stiehm, Ed.D. Leadership, Argosy University, 2010
Ryan O’Leary, M.A. Business Management, College of St. Scholastica, 1998


Rochell "Rocky" Carpenter
Career & Technical Education Department Chair and Carpentry Instructor
(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.  Or you may choose to further your education towards a two-year Integrated Residential Builder A.A.S. (62 credits). All of the courses in the one year Residential Carpentry program are required for the two year Integrated Residential Builder A.A.S. degree program.