Institute – Takoda

About our School

Takoda Institute is an accredited post-secondary school that offers education for graduates to obtain a career pathway for life. Takoda Institute maintains a strong connection to its Native roots by incorporating Indigenous culture, values, and teaching practices into its daily routine.


Programs at Takoda Institute are available at no cost to you.

Short Term or Long Term?

Takoda offers a variety of different training opportunities depending on your goals

A short term program is right for you if…
  • You’re curious about a new career, but not ready to commit to a 6 or 9 month program
  • You need rapid skills training that will lead to an entry level job
  • You’re currently working in your field of choice, but want to upgrade your skill set to gain a promotion and/or raise
A long term program is right for you if…
  • You’re ready for a career that offers a lifetime of advancement opportunity
  • You want the opportunity to increase your income*
  • You need accredited training without taking on loan debt
Fall 2018 graduation

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Frequently Asked Questions

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What are the class schedules like?

Typically classes start at 9:00, 11:45 and 2:30 and last for 2.5 hours. Expect to be on campus from 9:00 AM–5:00 PM; whether to study, attend classes, or work on group projects.

How much does Takoda Institute cost?

All programs at Takoda Institute are available at no-cost to you.

What is the enrollment process like?

Compared to other schools, the enrollment process is relatively simple and can be completed in as little as 3 hours.

  • First, you will meet with the registrar to complete paperwork and submit required documents.
  • Next, you will meet with a financial aid representative to determine your eligibility for grants and scholarships.
  • Take the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) to determine your academic readiness.
  • Upon satisfactory completion of the TABE, you’ll attend the Welcome Event where you’ll meet your fellow classmates.
  • Begin classes!

What should I bring when I come to enroll?

Here’s what you’ll need to enroll at Takoda Institute. If you don’t have any or all of these, you can still start enrollment. The registrar will work with you to secure all required documents.

  • Identification: Driver’s license or passport and social security card, or a permanent resident card
  • Proof of completion of HS or GED
  • Immunization records: If you graduated high school any time before 1997, you’ll need to bring proof of immunization. This can be in the form of:
    • Medical immunization records, or
    • A transcript proving you attended a post-secondary school

How big are the classes?

At Takoda Institute, class sizes are relatively small to ensure each student receives enough one-on-one time with instructors. The small class size environment also means you’ll get to know your classmates and can lean on each other for support throughout your program.

What if I’m not American Indian?

All are welcome at Takoda Institute. In fact, “Takoda” is Lakota for “all are welcome.” We strive to embody the meaning of Takoda by providing quality education in an inclusive and accepting environment.

How diverse is the student population?

Students at Takoda come from all backgrounds and ethnicities. Here is a snapshot of 2017’s student demographic:

  • American Indian or Alaska Native: 49%
  • Black or African American: 34%
  • White: 13%
  • Asian/Pacific Islander: 3%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 2%

What is student life like?

Takoda Institute is a full time school. With its small class sizes and familial environment, your college experience will be like no other. From beginning to end, each student is a part of a cohort. Your cohort will take the same classes and walk across the graduation stage together. You’ll also take classes with students from other programs, thus building your social network and helping to create connections that can help in future opportunities. This model has proven to be effective in student success and retention, as well as developing lifelong friends.

I thought you used to be called American Indian OIC. Are you no longer an American Indian organization?

Our larger organization is still American Indian OIC and Takoda Institute is one of its sister programs. All are welcome to enroll in any of the Takoda programs, but Indigenous values, culture and teachings are ingrained in everything we do. AIOIC actively advocates for Native education and employment issues.

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