The unique mission of Western Montana College of The University of Montana emphasizes experiential learning that combines theory and practice through projects and field experiences. Western embraces as its mission the privilege and obligation to capitalize on its beautiful but isolated landscape in southwest Montana. This mission infuses our curriculum: in our century-long tradition for excellence in teacher education; in our growing strength in the interdisciplinary arts and sciences; and in our two year associate degree programs responding to regional needs.
Western offers the Bachelor of Science degree in elementary or secondary education with options in traditional subject areas. In addition, WMC-UM offers Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degrees. BA students have options in the Arts; Business and Communications; Environmental Sciences; Literature and Writing; and Social Science. BAS students may use an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree as a base for the BAS degree with most of the credits from the two-year degree transferring into the BAS. Western also grants Associate of Arts and Associate of Sciences degrees for those who want to start their college education at a smaller institution. A complete master's degree program (Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction) is available on the Dillon campus through The University of Montana-Missoula.
Individualized education has been a campus trademark for over 100 years. Western Montana College enrolls an average of 1000 students. Class sizes are kept small (average class size is 18 students). The faculty is nationally recognized for its excellence, creativity, and genuine concern for maintaining the high quality academic and personal experience that is a tradition at Western.
In addition to fulfilling academic life, Western Montana College offers National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Frontier Conference sports in football, volleyball, men's and women's basketball, women's golf and National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association rodeo. A varied sports program is also available for students seeking intramural activities. Western's geographic location makes an ideal setting for individuals who enjoy the rugged outdoors. Yellowstone, Grand Teton, and Glacier national parks are nearby for those interested in viewing natural wonders and wildlife.
Although it has a small town atmosphere, Dillon offers all the amenities of a much larger community. Ranching, mining and tourism are the chief industries of the area. Western's picturesque 34 acre campus and friendly atmosphere blend with the community and area. For more information about Western Montana College of The University of Montana, call 800-WMC-MONT and request the admissions office.
The Helena College of Technology of The University of Montana
The Helena College of Technology of The University of Montana offers two-year programs in business, trades, technical and health occupations designed to meet the state's business and industry needs for technologically-skilled workers. All of the curricula are industry-approved and emphasize learning in a hands-on environment. In addition, the college offers an Associate of Science degree designed to transfer to four-year institutions. The college, founded in 1939, is fully accredited by the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges, the Montana State Board of Nursing, the Federal Aviation Administration, and the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence.
Helena's students take a full compliment of courses in mathematics, communication, computer literacy, and career development. With the restructuring of the university system, the Helena College of Technology also serves as a higher education center, providing graduate-level study to the Helena area through telecommunications. Located in Montana's beautiful capitol city, the College offers its programs in modern classrooms, shops, and labs, both near the Capitol building and at the Helena airport. For more information, call 1-800-241-4882.
Montana Tech of The University of Montana
Montana Tech is one of America's best engineering colleges and much more, with a century-old tradition of excellence in science and engineering teaching and research. Located in the heart of the mountains of southwest Montana, the 58-acre campus can be seen for miles. Shade trees encircle its buildings, and its proud history as the Montana School of Mines is blended with a modern view.
Tech's 2,000 students study engineering and related areas, minerals, energy, environmental, business information technology, economic development, occupational safety, and computer science. In addition, the school offers a broad range of courses in the humanities, business and social sciences. Montana's geologic and hydro geologic research arm, the Bureau of Mines and Geology, is a department of the college. The school's commitment to research has been rewarded with a 200 percent increase in funding over the past several years. The newly-merged College of Technology provides occupational and technical program opportunities.
Montana Tech is a friendly campus where students are involved in a wide array of campus events and activities. Student satisfaction surveys consistently give the College high marks in quality of student life. Students are treated as individuals and enjoy their close relationships with faculty. They come from every Montana county, 42 states, and 22 countries. Montana Tech's graduates include two Rhodes Scholars, and enjoy a 96 percent placement rate and salaries averaging $38,000 in both engineering and $28,000 in non-engineering professions. For more information, call 800-445-TECH.