End of government training program forces tribe to halt N2N University

The end of a federal transportation and economic grant program is forcing the Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma to close its N2N University.

The Tribe’s Business Committee decided to have all current students finish their programs performing an organized and orderly “Teach-Out” in compliance with the Oklahoma Board of Private Vocational Schools rules.

The Wyandotte-based tribe said new enrollments are no longer being accepted and the final class will begin July 23.

N2N University was the product of a two-year Federal Transportation Grant awarded to Grand Gateway Economic Development Association. It partnered with the tribe to train economically disadvantaged adults and members of Native American Tribes to gain employment in high demand careers.

Since N2N University’s class in 2016, 10 students finished automotive training and 20 students completed commercial truck driving training.

The program appeared to be successful with 93% of the students finding a job in their field upon graduation. But the Federal Transportation Grant program is ending July 31.