Created in 1987 by the Legislature of Minnesota, the Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College has undergone continuing improvements and has become the special and unique institution that stands today. Set in the midst of Cloquet, Minnesota, the school is located on 38 acres of land dotted with majestic red pines.
Sitting on top of a bluff, the building of the campus was carefully orchestrated by community members, students and educators. The campus ring road is even shaped like a bear paw and a circle, said to represent “strength and protection.” The main campus has four main wings, representing the four directions, and the four colors of the Fond du Lac Reservation of red, black, white, and yellow, as represented on the building to represent diversity. Additional works of art and architecture are spread across every corner of campus, creating a natural and harmonic blend with the natural Minnesota landscape. Fond du Lac was designated as a federal Land Grant institution, as outlined in the federal Equity in Educational Land Grant Status Act of 1994.
Students are offered small class sizes, with excellent faculty to student ratios. Class schedules are flexible, and class times fall on days, evenings, and weekends, making it possible for students to coordinate around previously existing family, employment, or other commitments. The school participates in a Weekend College scheme, to make earning a degree as accessible as possible to busy students. Recently, exciting new degree programs have been added like environmental science, e-crime and computer security, geographic information systems, nutrition, electric utility technology and early childhood development.