Fond du lac Tribal and Community College (FDLTCC) has been designated a 2021 Leader College by Achieving the Dream (ATD). FDLTCC is one of four colleges across the country to receive the designation this year. “I am proud to work at FDLTCC and be surrounded by colleagues with such caring hearts and expertise,” President Stephanie Hammitt.

The Leader College designation among ATD Network colleges indicates that every person affiliated with an institution is committed to ensuring student success for all of its students. “This can’t be more true of FDLTCC’s staff and faculty,” said Anita Hanson, Dean of Student Services at FDLTCC, “Our work to support and educate students in meeting their educational goals is an institution-wide effort. Our invitation to join Achieving the Dream in 2017 provided us a boost in our decades-long efforts to improve student success and reduce equity gaps. College staff and faculty support students day in and day out and our efforts have helped FDLTCC gain recognition as a Leader College and this acknowledgment is something we are quite proud of.”

The mission of ATD is, “To lead and support a national network of community colleges to achieve sustainable institutional transformation through sharing knowledge, innovative solutions and effective practices and policies leading to improved outcomes for all students.” The ATD website explains, “Leader Colleges play an important role in accelerating adoption of effective practices within the ATD Network and across higher education. Leader Colleges are recognized for the quality of their work in whole-college reform, resulting in increased completion rates for all students. Leader Colleges develop innovative ways to work with other colleges to share knowledge and facilitate an exchange of ideas about evidence-based reform strategies.”


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.

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

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.