Seek to Learn (Nandagikendan) Academy

The Nandagikendan Seek to Learn Academy provides students with the core knowledge of what it takes to get started in college and how to be successful in college. From supporting high school students with college readiness skills to helping FDLTCC college students build study and life skills, the Seek to Learn Academy supports learners in discovering their education and career aspirations.

High School Academic Year Seek to Learn Academy-Partnership for Teachers/Counselors

During the academic year, monthly Seek to Learn Academy events are organized for students through partnerships with local high schools and their Indian Education Program Coordinators. The coordinators connect with students to determine interests in colleges, majors, and careers to help design specific Academy events to each high school and its students. The goals of these events are to support high schools in creating hands-on opportunities for Native American high school students to explore college and career options while also developing college readiness skills and life skills. Travel, meals, and costs for educational activities are covered by the Seek to Learn program, so there is no cost to the high schools.

Want to share information about this opportunity with your school? This brochure is a great starting point: Academic Year Seek to Learn Brochure

The following schools currently participate in the Academic Year Seek to Learn Academy:

  • Cloquet High School/Cloquet Area Alternative Education Program
  • Fond du Lac Ojibwe School
  • Barnum High School
  • Carlton High School
  • South Ridge High School
  • McGregor High School
  • Proctor High School
  • Hinckley-Finlayson High School
  • Wrenshall High School

If you are interested in having your school participate in the Seek to Learn program, please contact Ariel Johnson at or at 218-879-0871.

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High School Summer Seek to Learn Academy-Summer Camp for High School Students

Details for the 2024 Summer Academy will be announced in the spring!

The annual Summer Seek to Learn Academy provides high school students from all over Minnesota the opportunity to get the “college experience”. Students stay in the dorms at FDLTCC during the three-day, two-night Academy. Each day provides a new experience for students to explore college and career opportunities, develop college readiness skills, learn about the programs at FDLTCC through mock college classes, participate in Ojibwe Language classes, and build new friendships with other Academy participants. The Summer Academy is free to students and is open to students entering grades 9-12 in high school.

Want to share this opportunity with a student you know? Here’s last year’s brochure to help start the conversation: 2023 Summer Academy Brochure

If you would like more information about the Summer Seek to Learn Academy, contact Ariel Johnson at or at 218-879-0871.

Check out past Summer Academy adventures on our Facebook:

Orientation for New/Returning Students Seek to Learn Academy-For FDLTCC Dorm Students

Every year, the week prior to classes starting, there is an Orientation for Dorm students. While participation is not required, it’s highly encouraged. Students who have participated in the past have had higher GPAs and greater rates of program and degree completion than their peers. Dorm students who participate in the Academy can move into the dorms before other dorm students to participate in the four-day Academy. During the Academy, students learn about resources both on campus and in the community. They experience what a typical college class (or university class, for our second-year students) is like and learn skills that help support their holistic and academic success. Teambuilding activities provide a unique opportunity for dorm students to build relationships with their peers as well as FDLTCC staff and faculty. Meals are provided and the cost of transportation and teambuilding activities are covered by the Seek to Learn Academy, meaning students can participate for free!

For more information about the Seek to Learn Academy (Orientation) for Dorm Students, contact Ariel Johnson at or at 218-879-0871.

You can also check out the Thunder Ambassador Facebook page to see what the Academy has done in past years:

If you would like more information about the Seek to Learn programs, contact Ariel Johnson at or at 218-879-0871.


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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.

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