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Gazette opinion: Let more high school students earn college credit

Build a house; take a test; earn college credit.

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Colleges working to boost dual enrollment

Colleges working to boost dual enrollment

Standing in front of a mirror in an office on the Montana State University Billings campus, Rachel Walker, 17, sang a handful of warmup tunes, her voice soaring and dipping dramatically as music professor Doug Nagel hollered instructions.

March 02, 2014 12:15 am Photos

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18 Montana colleges offer free applications this week

18 Montana colleges offer free applications this week

HELENA — This week seniors at most high schools in Montana can apply to college for free.

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Gazette opinion: Investing $25M in Montana’s future workforce

Gazette opinion: Investing $25M in Montana’s future workforce

What happens when 13 colleges and 57 businesses collaborate statewide to meet student and employer needs for job training?

September 23, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Highlands College gets $450K grant from Department of Labor

Highlands College in Butte will receive $454,965 of a $25 million Department of Labor grant that will be divvied up among 12 other two-year colleges in Montana.

September 19, 2013 1:00 pmLoading…

Gazette opinion: City College needs to boast students’ success

In the year since Montana’s two-year colleges changed their names, people in Billings have become accustomed to hearing about City College.

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Missoula native Anne Mansfield dies in D.C. at age 74

HELENA -- Anne Fairclough Mansfield, the daughter of former U.S. Sen. Mike Mansfield and his wife, Maureen, died last week in Washington, D.C. She was 74.

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Eastern Montana colleges face declining enrollments amid Bakken boom

Eastern Montana colleges face declining enrollments amid Bakken boom

The committee searching for a new president of Dawson Community College in Glendive has its work cut out for it.

March 03, 2013 12:10 am Photos

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Regents get update on progress at 2-year colleges

MISSOULA — The Board of Regents got a progress update on the University System's two-year colleges during its meeting this week.

November 16, 2012 11:30 amLoading…
Montana regent Todd Buchanan, left, and John Cech

Montana regent Todd Buchanan, left, and John Cech

Todd Buchanan, a member of the Montana Board of Regents from Billings, left, and John Cech, deputy commissioner for two-year and community college education with the Montana University System, listen to speakers during a Wednesday morning ceremony celebrating the renaming of the College of T…

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City College officially unveils, celebrates new name

City College officially unveils, celebrates new name

Keith Emineth, a recent graduate of the Montana State University Billings College of Technology, likes his alma mater's new name.

October 24, 2012 1:15 pm Photos

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Gazette opinion: Let’s start calling our COTs what they are: colleges

The colleges of technology have always suffered from identity crises.

June 01, 2012 12:10 amLoading…

Montana universities look for ways to prepare oil-field work force

MISSOULA -- With oil drilling in Eastern Montana and North Dakota generating thousands of new jobs, the Montana University System is trying to figure out how to get involved in the boom.

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UM College of Technology faculty, staff struggle to choose new name

Faculty, staff and administrators at the University of Montana College of Technology are trying to find consensus on a new name for the school.

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State working on new names for COTs

Everyone will have to wait a little longer to find out what the new names for the state’s five colleges of technology will be.

February 23, 2012 11:30 pmLoading…

Survey seeks ideas for new COT names

What should the new name be for Montana State University Billings College of Technology?

February 06, 2012 7:45 pmLoading…

UM College of Technology hopes renaming will change perceptions

On Monday morning, University of Montana College of Technology Dean Barry Good submitted his plan for future changes and rebranding at the two-year school.

January 10, 2012 11:30 amLoading…

Gazette opinion: Rename COTs to reflect 21st century mission

It's no small matter to rename a college. The new name should be meaningful to students and easy for them and other community members to associate with the institution.

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Ed officials meet about 2-year colleges in Bozeman

HELENA — More than 100 educators and others are meeting in Bozeman this week to help devise strategies for the state’s system of two-year colleges, including new names for the state’s five colleges of technology in Helena, Butte, Great Falls, Billings and Missoula.

December 12, 2011 7:45 pmLoading…

Gazette opinion: Let's move ahead quickly with 2-year college mission

The expanded welding program at Montana State University Billings College of Technology received Board of Regents approval last week to continue its successful operations. That approval was required because welding was ramped up on a fast track two years ago to meet industry need for skilled…

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