NTU plans 38-acre campus in Chinle


Navajo Technical University is advertising for bids for a 6,000-square-foot steel building — the first structure in an ambitious 38-acre campus that will include classrooms, faculty and student housing, an amphitheater, gymnasium, library, cafeteria and even a vendor village.

Since NTU started a satellite campus in Chinle in one trailer in 2006, “the growth has met and exceeded our expectations,” said Chinle Campus Director Arlena Benallie.

This drawing shows the plans for NTU’s Chinle campus over the next few years. The campus will be located at the former Central Fair rodeo grounds on the road to the hospital.

The campus, presently located next to NHA housing along the Chinle Wash, now comprises four modular buildings, but they’re bursting at the seams. In 10 years, enrollment has gone from 35 students to 380, with 10 full-time faculty and several part-time adjunct professors.

The new classroom building will have the capacity for 500 to 1,000 students, but it will eventually be replaced by a 20,000-square-foot building that will house many more.

Benallie hopes to have “at least a shell” up by this summer, with the new building completed by early 2018. She already has received several bids from as far away as Washington state.

It will slowly be joined by more buildings and landscaping until the new campus is complete.

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Cindy Yurth

Cindy Yurth is the Tséyi' Bureau reporter, covering the Central Agency of the Navajo Nation. Her other beats include agriculture and Arizona state politics. She holds a bachelor’s degree in technical journalism from Colorado State University with a cognate in geology. She has been in the news business since 1980 and with the Navajo Times since 2005, and is the author of “Exploring the Navajo Nation Chapter by Chapter.” She can be reached at editor@navajotimes.com.