Austin named to Northeast Tech-EAST board

BY STAFF REPORTS
11/23/2018 02:00 PM
Main Cherokee Phoenix
Keith Austin
CLAREMORE – Tribal Councilor Keith Austin was recently named to the Northeast Tech-Environmental and Spatial Technology advisory board for 2018-19.

EAST is an educational program that combines self-direction, teamwork, service and cutting-edge technology in a manner that helps students develop their own interests and aptitudes in a positive manner. All students, regardless of past experiences or previous expectations, work in teams that tackle self-selected community service projects.

“Northeast Tech provides very valuable career education for so many of our Cherokee Nation citizens,” Austin said. “For many Cherokee people, this is a great path forward. I am grateful the leadership of Northeast Tech recognizes the need to have our people’s needs represented on the advisory committee.”

The EAST advisory board is comprised of various community members with differing backgrounds. During meetings, board members provide insight such as curriculum recommendations to program facilitators who teach in fields such as 2-D and 3-D animation, 3-D modeling, public relations, video and photography, graphic design, drone piloting, project management and computer programming.

“Councilor Austin is dedicated to improving the lives of Cherokee citizens in his community and throughout the Cherokee Nation,” Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. said. “It is no surprise that he would be invited to help guide Northeast Tech’s EAST program this year.”

Brook Easton, the Northeast Tech EAST facilitator, said Austin’s networking skills and community involvement were just a few factors in his selection to the advisory board.

“As an advisory board member, Councilor Austin will have an opportunity to help shape the EAST program at the Northeast Tech Claremore Campus,” Easton said. “His ideas will be incorporated with the instructor’s to update and improve the EAST program, which allows students to take ownership of their own educational goals as well as the challenges of their communities and the responsibility for seeking solutions.”

For more information on Northeast Tech’s EAST program, call 918-342-8066 or visit https://www.netech.edu/apps/pages/EAST.

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