HEART Project

Department Contact

Joseph Eltobgi

Phone: 701.477.7931
Ext: 2903
Office: Library

Alexsis Marcellais

Success Coach
Phone: 701.477.7836
Ext: 1032
Office: Terrace

Cynthia Poitra

Placement Coordinator
Phone: 701.477.7946
Ext: 2307
Office: Terrace

Ronna LaRocque

CNA/CMA Admin Asst.
Phone: 701.477.7862
Ext: 1034
Office: South Campus – Nursing Facility

Shannon Hajicek

Allied Health Tutor/Mentor
Phone: 701.477.7862
Office: Allied

Christian Peltier

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 Cynthia Poitra at 701-477-7946 ext. 2307 or email: cpoitra@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

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.