Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians

7500 Odawa Circle
Harbor Springs, MI 49740
231.242.1400 / 1.866.652.5822

Nitaazhitoojik Industrial Training (NIT) Program


The Nitaazhitoojik Industrial Training (NIT) Program is administered by the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Niigaandiwin Education Department. Nitaazhitoojik [Ni taa zhi too jik] translates to, “those who are good at making things,” or “the ones who are talented at making things” in Anishinaabemowin (Play Language) . The Anishinaabek are known for the beautiful, intricate work that we perform with our hands. The NIT Program honors our community’s talents and passions by providing opportunities for community members to showcase their skills through STEM-related opportunities. The NIT Program collaborates with the Industrial Arts Institute (IAI), North Central Michigan College (NCMC) and leading manufacturers in Northern Michigan to provide streamlined, intensive learning modules that will equip students with the skills necessary to increase their employability and earning potential in the manufacturing industry. Program preference is given to Indigenous students, veterans, high school students, individuals between the ages of 16-49 years old,  students residing in the Tri-County area (Charlevoix, Cheboygan and Emmet Counties),  and those that are under/unemployed or belong to displaced households. Below are the five (5) programs that students must be enrolled in to be eligible to receive assistance through the NIT Program:

Industrial Arts Institute:
Comprehensive Industrial Welding Program
Work-Based Welding Program - Cancelled for 2020

North Central Michigan College:
Computer Numeric Control (CNC) Certificate
Computer-Aided Drafting (CAD) Certificate
Mechatronics Certificate – Coming Fall 2021

Students may be eligible to receive financial assistance for tuition, books, course and transportation fees, equipment, and related training costs associated with their respective program. Eligibility information and applications can be found in the “Forms Directory.”
To schedule an advising appointment or to learn more about these certificate programs, please contact Kerstine Bennington, Nitaazhitoojik Industrial Training Project Director, at (231) 242-1485 or at

The production of this webpage was supported by Grant 90NA8359 from ACF. It's content is solely the responsibility of Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawak and does not necessarily represent the official views of ACF.



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