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November 05, 2012

MISSOULA

Members of the Missoula community are invited to a name-unveiling event for Missoula College University of Montana (formerly the College of Technology) from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, in the Missoula College East Commons Area.

The event begins at 3:30 p.m. at 909 South Ave. W. with student-led campus tours and the opportunity for business people to meet with the College Advisory Board to discuss workforce development. The tours will be followed by a formal program at 4:30 p.m. to celebrate the expanded mission of the college and to formally unveil the new name to the public.

The program will kick off with remarks from Dean Barry Good, and MC Culinary Arts Program students will prepare a reception to follow. UM Interim Vice President for Integrated Communications Peggy Kuhr will emcee the event, and Missoula Mayor John Engen, Montana Deputy Commissioner of Two-Year Education John Cech and UM President Royce C. Engstrom will deliver remarks before the unveiling.

As part of the College!NOW initiative, the Montana University System redefined the roles of two-year colleges in Montana. The Board of Regents identified five essential attributes to be provided at each two-year college, including:

  • Transfer education through the associate’s degree;
  • Workforce development, including certificates and associate of applied science degrees;
  • Developmental and basic adult education;
  • Lifelong learning; and
  • Community development.

      The attributes of the comprehensive two-year mission include:

      • Open-access admissions;
      • Affordability;
      • Student centeredness;
      • Adult-focused and accessible learning;
      • Responsiveness to local needs; and
      • Cultivation of partnerships.

      To make two-year education better understood and better utilized by all Montanans, the Board of Regents voted in spring 2012 to rename the two-year programs in Bozeman and Hamilton and the and colleges of technology within the MUS: Helena College University of Montana; Highlands College of Montana Tech, located in Butte; Bitterroot College University of Montana, located in Hamilton; City College at Montana State University-Billings, located in Billings; Great Falls College Montana State University; and Gallatin College Montana State University, located in Bozeman.

      For more information about the event, call Jacquie Hofmann, MC director of fiscal and personnel services, at 406-243-7908 or email jacqueline.hofmann@umontana.edu.

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Contact: Barry Good, dean, Missoula College, 406-243-7851, barry.good@umontana.edu.