FVCC, UM Partnership Brings Elementary Education Bachelor’s Degree to Kalispell

June 05, 2015

MISSOULA – Flathead Valley residents now have the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Montana without leaving the Flathead Valley.

Through a partnership between UM and Flathead Valley Community College, UM is now accepting applications for students who wish to take third- and fourth-year elementary education courses via a combination of distance-learning and face-to-face classes taught by UM faculty on the FVCC campus in Kalispell this fall.

Students will engage in classroom experiences with tenure-track instructors from the nationally accredited Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences. Students in the program will earn the same bachelor’s degree as students physically located on the main UM campus, without the financial burden of travel, relocation or residency.

“This partnership provides members of our community a new, affordable opportunity to pursue their dreams of becoming teachers right here in northwest Montana,” said FVCC President Jane Karas. “We appreciate this collaboration with the University of Montana and the doors it will open for the future teachers of our community.”

FVCC students who have completed the first two years of study in elementary education are eligible to apply for admission. The program also allows in-district FVCC students to complete their first two years of college at FVCC’s affordable in-district tuition rates and then transfer those credits to UM and complete their bachelor’s degree in elementary education, all on the FVCC campus.

“This is such an incredible opportunity for our University, Flathead Valley Community College and the education community in western Montana,” said Roberta Evans, dean of the Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences. “The service provided to students and teachers across our region will be profound, and we could not be happier to partner with FVCC in this very meaningful way.”

The application deadline is July 15. Details are online at http://www.coehs.umt.edu/fvcc. Jayna Lutz, academic adviser at the Phyllis J. Washington College of Education, will help students with the application process, including program prerequisite requirements and financial aid options.

For more information call Lutz at 406-243-6170 or email jayna.lutz@umontana.edu

Contact: Jayna Lutz, academic adviser, UM Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences, 406-243-6170, jayna.lutz@umontana.edu.