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navajo technical university
lowerpoint road, state hwy 371
crownpoint nm 87313

phone: 505.387.7401
fax: 505.786.5644

 

chinle instructional site
po box 849, chinle az, 86503
phone: 928.674.5764
fax: 928.674.5700

 

teec nos pos instructional site
po box 1203, teec nos pos, az 86514
phone: 928.656.3600
fax: 928.656.3596

 

bond wilson technical center
40 road 6580, kirtland, nm 87417
phone: 505.609.5020/5017

 

zuni instructional site
67 301 north, zuni, nm 87327
phone: 505.782.6010

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ntu board of regent member gloria grant addresses a small group at ntu’s closed ribbon cutting ceremony on sept. 3, 2020 in chinle, az. the speech was featured in ntu’s virtual grand opening on sept. 10.

crownpoint, nm – on sept. 10, 2020, navajo technical university held a virtual grand opening for a new academic building at its chinle instructional site. the celebration included speeches, a ribbon cutting ceremony, and a virtual walk through of the 20,000 sq. ft. building.

the structure is the second building to fill in ntu’s 38-acre property after a 6,000 sq. ft. classroom building went up in 2019. the academic building doubles the learning space at ntu’s new location, which sits east of chinle health services off route 9. of the ten classrooms housed in the new building, two are chemistry labs while four can be combined for larger lectures with adjustable walls. tutoring and studying areas compliment the classroom space and a bookstore sits at the center of the building.

“it is the community and the students that drove us to this level,” stated chinle site director arlena “bo” benallie in a closed ribbon cutting ceremony on sept. 3. benallie was tasked in getting the instructional site started in 2006 by ntu president dr. elmer j. guy with a budget of $15,000.

“fifteen thousand dollars and 14 years later, this is what we have,” benallie stated in the foreground of the two-story building that was designed to reflect the towering walls of canyon de chelly.

ntu’s chinle instructional site started with five classes and 30 students operating out of a strip mall before sharing trailer space with navajo nation workforce development and partnering with the chinle unified school district to utilize classroom space at chinle high school. in 2017, ntu obtained a plot of land from the family of the late guy gorman, laying the foundation for a new site that could foster higher education opportunities in the heart of the navajo nation.

“we don’t just want mediocre. we want the best,” exclaimed ntu board of regent member gloria grant. “let’s give [students] the best. this is the best. let’s keep it going.”

grant spoke during the closed ribbon cutting ceremony on sept. 3 as did arizona representative arlando teller. each speaker had attended the blessing of the building in the morning, which rep. teller recollected in his speech.

“from my perspective, where i’m sitting, i see two eyes and a mouth. and i see a [navajo bun],” explained rep. teller. “the way the medicine man prayed and sung this morning is bringing life to the building. giving her a personality. breathing life into her. making her welcome. more knowledge, more information, more students in her loving arms.”

az representative arlando teller discusses participating in the blessing of ntu’s new academic building. in doing so, he described the building as having two eyes, a mouth, and a navajo hair bun.
ntu administration and staff, state and navajo nation elected officials, indigenous design studio + architecture, nez fci native american, and the family of the late guy gorman participate in a ribbon cutting ceremony on sept. 3, 2020. the ceremony was shared with the public in a virtual grand opening on sept. 10.

design was at the forethought of the academic building, which was conceptualized by indigenous design studio + architecture and constructed by nez fci native american, llc. during the virtual grand opening, each company explained the process in realizing the building from concept to final construction. insight was provided into the building’s unique design, like incorporating an aluminum composite panel system to shade the building’s skin while maximizing light and heat.

according to tamarah begay, principle architect in charge and found/owner of ids+a, the building represents the cornerstone to the chinle site’s overall master plan. now that it is in place, ntu will work at filling in the rest of its 38 acres with an administrative building, student services center, child care center, vendors market and amphitheater, a traditional navajo hogan, and housing. the university is also pursuing support to construct a center for the environment.

for more information about ntu’s chinle instructional site, contact arlena benallie at 928.882.3135 or email abenallie@navajotech.edu. to view the virtual grand opening, visit //youtu.be/xmukvkkay-w.

contact ntu

navajo technical university
lowerpoint road, state hwy 371
crownpoint, nm 87313

phone: 505.387.7401
fax: 505.786.5644


chinle instructional site
po box 849, chinle, az 86503

phone: 928.674.5764
fax: 928.674.5700


teec nos pos instructional site
po box 1203, teec nos pos, az 86514

phone: 928.656.3600
fax: 928.656.3596


bond wilson technical center
40 road 6580
kirtland, nm 87417
(505) 609-5020/5017
(located off of highway 64 next to judy nelson elementary school in kirtland, nm)


zuni instructional site
67 301 north, zuni, nm 87327

phone: 505.782.6010