January 17-18, 2002


ITEM 114-301-R0102����������������� Approval of Proposal to Add a Certificate Program in Heavy Equipment Maintenance; Flathead Valley Community College


THAT:�������������������������������������� The Board of Regents of Higher Education authorizes Flathead Valley Community College to award a Certificate in Heavy Equipment Maintenance to any student who completes the three semester program.


EXPLANATION������������������������ Implementing a Certificate Program in Heavy Equipment Maintenance responds to community and student need and to the mission and goals of FVCC.


����������������������������������������������� The addition of a Heavy Equipment Certificate Program would enhance FVCC�s current offerings and provide students the opportunity to validate and pursue career goals in the maintenance field while attending FVCC.� The program will prepare participating students through lecture, laboratory, and practical experience for entry-level employment in the Heavy Equipment Maintenance profession or for transfer to two and four year diesel and maintenance degree programs.� The curriculum has been coordinated with MSU-N to ensure it fulfills the first year of the MSU-N two or four year degree options in diesel technology.� Initiated in 1999, through a level 1 approval, the program is conducted in partnership with local secondary schools through the dual enrollment Jumpstart program and is sponsored by the Flathead Valley Professional Maintenance Business organization.�


����������������������������������������������� Five new courses will be added to FVCC�s curriculum as a result of this new program.� The financial obligations of the program will be met through reallocation of existing resources.� The impact will be essentially revenue-neutral.