Thunder Athletics

Update on Thunder Athletics:

“I wanted to share with you that, after extensive deliberation, I have made the difficult decision to discontinue the athletics program at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College. This decision includes men’s basketball, women’s basketball, and women’s volleyball.”

To read the full statement from President, Anita Hanson, please visit:



Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College competed at the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division III level and strongly adhered to the philosophy of the NJCAA Division III mission to create and provide opportunities for student participation in athletic activities. Athletic scholarships are not awarded at the NJCAA Division III level.

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College was a member of the Minnesota Community College Conference that currently includes 19 two-year institutions throughout Minnesota, two in North Dakota, and one in Wisconsin. Member colleges include:

  • Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College (Cloquet)
  • Anoka Ramsey Community College (Cambridge-Coon Rapids)
  • Central Lakes College (Brainerd-Staples)
  • Northland Community and Technical College (Thief River Falls-East Grand Forks)
  • Rochester Technical and Community College (Rochester)
  • Vermilion Community College (Ely)
  • Rainy River Community College (International Falls)
  • Lake Superior College (Duluth)
  • Minnesota West Community and Technical College (Worthington-Pipestone-Canby-Jackson)
  • Mesabi Range Community and Technical College (Virginia-Eveleth)
  • Itasca Community College (Grand Rapids)
  • Hibbing Community College (Hibbing)
  • Minnesota State Community and Technical College (Fergus Falls-Detroit Lakes)
  • Ridgewater College (Willmar-Hutchinson)
  • St. Cloud Technical College (St. Cloud)
  • Western Wisconsin Technical College (Rice Lake, WI)
  • Dakota College at Bottineau (Bottineau, ND)
  • North Dakota State College of Science (Wahpeton, ND)



Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College played home games in the Lester Jack Briggs Cultural Center that includes gymnasium space, locker rooms, a weight room and fitness center, classrooms and offices. The cultural center was completed in 2008.



Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College values both academic and co-curricular educational experiences and supports its students in and out of the classroom. As a member institution of the National Junior College Athletic Association, Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College is allowed to set stricter eligibility rules and grade point average requirements than those of the NJCAA. Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College has set the minimum grade point average requirement for our student athletes at 2.0.

To be eligible and maintain participation in athletics at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, all current student athletes must have an overall cumulative grade point average of 2.0. Transfer student athletes with one or more college transcripts must have a cumulative minimum grade point average of 2.0 in all coursework taken.

To maintain athletic eligibility at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, student athletes must enroll in and maintain 12 or more credits of college work during each term of athletic participation and meet additional eligibility guidelines as established by the NJCAA Eligibility Rules. For NJCAA eligibility rules, please see the Head Coach or Athletic Coordinator of the respective team. The current Eligibility Rules of the NJCAA can be found at


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Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act Report

The Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act Report is an annual report that colleges must file with the Department of Education concerning intercollegiate athletic participation, staffing, revenues and expenses by men’s and women’s teams. The Department of Education uses the data to report to Congress on gender equity in intercollegiate athletics. Each coeducational institution of higher education that participates in a Student Financial Aid Program and has an intercollegiate athletic program must prepare an Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act report by October 15 each year.

The Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act is designed to make prospective students aware of the school commitment to providing equitable athletic opportunities for its men and women students. The Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act requires schools to make the report available upon request to students, potential students, and the public.

To request a copy of Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College’s Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act report, please contact Laura Sylvester, Director of Athletics, at (218) 879–0822.



My favorite thing about FDLTCC is the people. I’ve met fantastic students, faculty and staff who go above and beyond what I expected.

I chose FDLTCC because of its size and the curriculum. When I first came here in 2019, I was just looking for what I needed to volunteer, perhaps in a crisis shelter. I met with Don Jarvinen, and the rest is history.

It is awesome here at the FDLTCC Education Program because it is like a family here, if you need help or are struggling with anything, you have quite a few people who will help you out.