Wanda began working for the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribe in 1977 on a tribal training program. Thereafter, she was hired by the Education Director, Dr. William Berlin. She worked for the Tribe since then, in various programs, which approximately 29 years has been in higher education. In 1992 she took a couple years off work to continue her education. In 1995 she attained an Associate Degree from Redlands Community College in El Reno. She returned to work for the BIA-Higher Education Program and continued to work full-time while attending classes at Southwestern Oklahoma State University. In 2006 she attained a B.A. Degree from SWOSU. She now works for the Gaming-Higher Education Program as a Higher Education Counselor.
Gaming-Higher Education Program goals are: “To provide all available education assistance to ensure continued progress for students and those seeking to improve their education. To increase the number of high school graduates and college/university graduates each year.” Available services include, but not limited to the following: direct college expenses; part time student expenses; college gpa incentive awards; high school senior expense assistance; GED, high school and college graduation incentive awards; college prep expenses; ACT and SAT fees; workshop participation; college campus tours, transportation and fees to Haskell and SIPI; Oklahoma’s Promise (OHLAP) incentives for membership and grade point averages; college/high school concurrent enrollment; college admission fees; correspondence courses; certification fees; summer school fees for seniors; enrichment programs; academic program or camp assistance; school clothing and eye glass program; incarcerated student assistance; and special circumstances education requests.
Wanda says, “I enjoy providing a service for tribal members and students. Continue to expand your knowledge and you’re never too old to learn.”