HEART Project

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Joseph Eltobgi
Ext: 2903
Office: A103A
Nada Parisien
Success Coach
Ext: 2987
Office: Allied Health Bldg.
  Alexsis Marcellais
Success Coach
Ext: 1032
Office: Allied Health Bldg.
Brittany DeCoteau
Basic Skills/Learning Asst.
Ext: 3207
Office: Allied Health Bldg.
Erin Garrison
Data Entry Coordinator
Ext: 2307
Office: A103D
Ronna LaRocque
MLT CNA/CMA II Administrative Asst.
Ext: 2307
Office: Nursing Bldg, S. Campus.


The Turtle Mountain Community College (TMCC), located in Belcourt, North Dakota – is a recipient for the second five year Health Professions Opportunity Grant (HPOG 2) from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The goal of TMCC HEART Project (Health Education Access through Rural Training) is to provide educational opportunities to TANF & low-income individuals for occupations in the health care field that pay well and are expected to either experience labor shortages or be in high demand.

HEART Project students can receive training in the following programs: Phlebotomy (9-Month), Medical Laboratory Technician (AAS), Patient Access Specialist (9-Month), Medical Administrative Assistant (AAS), Personal Trainer (9-Month), Health & Fitness Technician (AAS), Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), and Certified Medical Assistant II (CMA II).

HEART Project offers incentives to participants such as:

  • Books (if the student wishes to keep their books)
  • Transportation (pre-paid gas card)
  • Child care assistance (provider must be qualified through the tribe or state)
  • Weekly Meal Tickets to TMCC Cafeteria (program students only)
  • Assistance with FAFSA and PELL Grant Applications
  • Counseling/Advising
  • Tutoring Services
  • Case Management Services
  • Basic Skills Courses
  • Job Prep ( i.e., resume writing, interview skills)

If you would like more information about the HEART Project, please contact Erin Garrison at 701-477-7946 ext. 2307 or email: erin.garrison@tm.edu 

If you are inquiring information or you would like to apply for CNA/CMA II training, please contact Ronna LaRocque at 701-477-7862 ext. 1034 or email: rlarocque@tm.edu

Download the HEART project flyer here.

This document was supported by Grant 90FY006 from Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS). Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of HHS.