HEART Project


Department Contact


Joseph Eltobgi

Phone: 701.477.7931
Ext: 2903
Office: Terrace


Charity Decoteau

Data Coord./ Admin Assistant
Phone: 701.477.7946
Ext: 2307

Office: Terrace

NOTE: September 29th, 2021 was the official end date of the HEART Project.  Project Staff remaining to support grant close out are listed above. Please feel free to contact staff with any questions.


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)

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.