Letter to the Editor: Anticipating good news for United Tribes

Dear Editor,

United Tribes Technical College is closely watching the budget battle in Washington, DC. We have a strong interest in how the members of Congress and the President resolve their differences and fund government for the remainder of this fiscal year.

As news reports have indicated, a sizable portion of our operational funding was not contained in a Continuing Resolution passed by the U. S. House of Representatives. Left out was funding for United Tribes contained in a section of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act.

Now, as the budget is debated in Congress, we find ourselves caught up in the fray, our funding in limbo, as lawmakers search for a compromise solution.

I want to reassure our staff, students, friends and supporters that United Tribes has sufficient funding at the present time. If our funding status is not resolved, however, the financial reality would hit the college and the Bismarck/Mandan community in August, around the time we open our Fall Semester.

Even with the federal budget still up in the air, it is early enough for us that lawmakers can reach a compromise and resolve the budget before it becomes a problem that impacts our future. I am confident there will be good news about United Tribes soon.

David M. Gipp, President
United Tribes Technical College
3315 University Drive
Bismarck, North Dakota  58504
701-255-3285 x 1386