HEART Project


Department Contact


Joseph Eltobgi

Phone: 701.477.7931
Ext: 2903
Office: Terrace



Success Coach
Phone: 701.477.7836
Ext: 1032

Office: Terrace

Skyler DeCoteau

Data Coordinator/ Admin Assistant
Phone: 701.477.7946
Ext: 2307
Office: Terrace


Ronna LaRocque

CNA/CMA Admin Asst.
Phone: 701.477.7862
Ext: 1034
Office: Terrace

Shannon Hajicek

Allied Health Tutor/Mentor
Phone: 701.477.7862
Office: Allied



Placement Coordinator
Phone: 701.477.7862

Office: Terrace


Placement Coordinator
Phone: 701.477.7862

Office: Terrace

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 Skyler DeCoteau at 701-477-7946 ext. 2307 or email: skyler.decoteau@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.


Project HEART Application


NOTE: Please be advised that anyone enrolling within HEART will be eligible to receive support through September 29th, 2021.  This is the official end date of the HEART Project.  Project Staff will work with you to find alternative supports to ensure your continued progression toward a career in the Health Industry as a trained professional.


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.