PENT is a successful program serving over 50 communities and has a current graduation rate of about 75 per cent. (The national rate of Aboriginal people graduating with a degree is 21.3%.) More than 400 graduates are serving as teachers, principals, superintendents, and Directors of Education in
provincial and Band operated schools. A large number of graduates are enrolled in a Masters degree program or have already completed their Masters degree.
PENT was awarded the American Teacher Educators Award in 1983 for excellence in teacher education. This is the only time this award has been granted to a Canadian University.
All program costs are borne by the sponsors. There are no other sources of funding. Sponsors pay a fixed annual fee for each student which covers all tuition, fees, books and supplies. Brandon University sets fees in accordance with budgetary requirements.
PENT is a program of the Faculty of Education and is governed by the regulations of Brandon University. The PENT Advisory Committee oversees the Program and includes representatives from the Manitoba Metis Federation, Southeast Resource Development Council, Keewatin Tribal Council, West Region Tribal Council, Dakota Ojibway Tribal Council, Interlake Reserves Development Council, Frontier School Division, the PENT Student Body, Manitoba Teachers’ Society, Director of Teacher Certification and Records, Department of Education, Faculty of Education and PENT staff.