DATE: November 9, 2000
TO: Board of Regents
FROM: Willard R. Weaver
Montana State University – Great Falls College of Technology
RE: Campus Report for the September 2000 Board
of Regents’ Meeting
When the Montana University System was restructured
in 1994, the colleges of technology were charged with
to the needs of business and industry.
This report provides an update on the recent and continuing
of Montana State University—Great Falls College of Technology to realize that
position ourselves to respond to business and industry, our faculty meet
regularly with over 200 representatives from allied health, business, and
technology fields who serve on advisory committees for our
technical programs. In addition,
the entire leadership team and many faculty have become familiar with and
to the business community through Leadership Great Falls.
support economic development efforts in Great Falls, leadership
from the College participate in the work of the Community Economic
Development Council, the Chamber of Commerce, the High Plains Development
Authority, the Business and Improvement District, and other economic
response to industry requests for a more technologically savvy workforce,
we have taken a leadership role in the Tech Prep Program. The College provides an office and
support for the director of the Central Montana Tech Prep Consortium,
which includes as members 46 of the 50 high schools in the region. We work actively with those high
schools to articulate high school course work with College programs.
support the continuing education needs of business and industry, we offer
extensive customized training.
In AY 1999-2000, over 1,500 employees took advantage of our
customized training offerings.
This fall, we’ve nearly doubled the number of agencies we served in
response to industry requests in the past three months alone, the
College has proposed the addition of a Surgical Technology program in Great
Falls and has designed a specialized endorsement in health information
coding, to be offered beginning Spring 2001.
educate regional businesses on the advantages technology can provide, the
College collaborated with the Great Falls Area Chamber of Commerce to host
a Tech Fair on Nov. 3-4.
Over 600 individuals visited the campus to see the high-tech
exhibits and participate in 35 technology sessions – free of charge.
support Great Falls’ downtown businesses, we partnered with the Business
Improvement District to offer Storefront University on Oct. 5. Business owners became professors for
the evening in over 75 workshops featuring specialized knowledge
associated with their trades.
respond to industry requests for access to industrial certification
in formats that accommodate the working adults, we will offer accelerated
Cisco certification beginning in Spring 2001. The College considers offering additional accelerated
certification opportunities a top priority.
How can the Montana University System ensure that
the colleges of technology are responsive to workforce needs? A local business leader provided the best
answer when MSU President Geoffrey Gamble visited Great Falls last month. “Stay flexible,” he advised. “This College has the flexibility to respond
quickly and effectively. We like that.”