Navajo Technical University (NTU) is a tribal university located in Crownpoint, New Mexico, Navajo Nation, United States. It was founded in 1979 as the Navajo Skill Center with the aim of providing vocational education and training to the Navajo Nation. Over the years, the institution has evolved and expanded its offerings to become a comprehensive university.
In 2006, the institution was officially granted university status and renamed Navajo Technical College. This marked a significant milestone in its development. The college continued to enhance its academic programs and infrastructure earning accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission in 2010.
In recognition of its growth and commitment to Native American education, Navajo Technical College was designated as a Land Grant institution in 2013. This designation allowed the university to receive federal funds and resources to support its academic and research initiatives.
In 2016, the Navajo Technical College further expanded its mission by offering its first bachelor's degree programs. This development reflected the university's focus on providing higher education opportunities to the Navajo Nation and surrounding communities.
In 2018, the college officially changed its name to Navajo Technical University to better reflect its status as a comprehensive university offering a wide range of academic programs and degrees.
Today, Navajo Technical University is known for its strong commitment to Indigenous education and cultural preservation. It offers a variety of associate, bachelor's, master, doctoral and certificate programs in fields such as engineering, business, nursing, culinary arts, and information technology.
With a mission to provide accessible, sustainable, and culturally relevant education to Native American communities, Navajo Technical University continues to play a vital role in empowering individuals and contributing to the development of the Navajo Nation and beyond.