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Academic Support (cont'd)
College of Education
Completed in 1972, the College of Education (COE) building houses academic programs as well as the Montana Center on Disabilities. In addition, Information Technology provides technology support and services for computing, applications, multi-media production, and student computing. Construction of the two-story addition was completed in the Spring of 2000 and boasts state-of-the-art classrooms.
Big Sky American Indian Project
The Big Sky American Indian Project is a grant funded program in the College of Education. The Big Sky American Indian Project provides a variety of teacher preparation services for American Indian students through recruitment, retention, multicultural curriculum enrichment, and the provision of culturally appropriate student support services for Native students. Active partnerships with tribal colleges and K-12 schools support the Big Sky American Indian Project in meeting goals.
The Montana Center on Disabilities is dedicated to creating a fully inclusive society that values people with disabilities and their perspectives. To meet this vision, the Montana Center collaborates with campus, regional, state, and national programs in support of increasing the number of leaders with disabilities.
The Montana Center serves as a training and technical assistance resource to people with disabilities, families and agencies throughout the state. The activities of the Center are funded by a variety of state and federal resources.
The staff of the Montana Center has professional skills related to disability in the areas of employment, work incentives, rehabilitation counseling, transition, hearing conservation, community integration, and collaboration. Through its unique array of programs the Center provides students opportunities to apply skills in a supervised setting. In addition, the various programs of the Center offer unique opportunities for students to engage in study and applied research. The center also maintains a wealth of research resources in the Center’s library and on their web page www.msubillings.edu/mtcd.
College of Professional Studies and Lifelong Learning
The College of Professional Studies and Lifelong Learning responds to the needs of changing academic expectations in higher education. Specifically, the College was developed to support new ventures and interdisciplinary programs of study, pursue innovative and entrepreneurial programs, promote lifelong learning opportunities, and provide a number of University-wide functions. The educational programs offered through the College are tailored to the economic, social, and cultural needs of the University’s constituents. The educational activities may occur on campus, throughout the State of Montana, elsewhere in the United States and Worldwide.
The College provides services for the planning, support, and delivery of conferences, workshops, seminars, and special programs. The educational activities offered through CPSLL may be designed for academic credit, extension credit, or not-for-credit depending upon program and constituent requirements.
208 North Broadway
Montana State University Billings Downtown is a focal point for outreach for the campus of Montana State University Billings. MSU Billings Downtown seeks to create a community of learning that provides greater access to academic programs, creates new partnerships with organizations external to the University, and strengthens and expands existing partnerships with regional and community organizations. MSU Billings Downtown supports the University’s goal of creating a culture of providing educational opportunities for learners “anywhere, anytime, and anyplace.” Learning opportunities may be credit or not-for-credit, semester long courses, condensed courses, workshops, conferences, seminars, and educational programs delivered via distance education.
During the summer, Montana State University Billings traditionally offers a wide variety of graduate and undergraduate classes, as well as noncredit classes and camps and programs for people of all ages.
A hallmark of MSU Billings’ Summer Session is the University’s ability to offer quality, large-scale workshops and conferences on topics of current interest and importance which feature well-known experts.
Two five-week Summer Sessions are offered as well as a three-week May Session where condensed courses can be completed by the end of May. The Summer Session is designed for undergraduate and graduate students as well as working professionals. Courses are taught in the traditional classroom model as well as online and workshop formats.
In addition, a variety of extension credit classes are typically offered throughout the Summer Sessions. Extension classes and workshops offer the same quality instruction as regular courses. They simply differ in the way they are funded. These classes are offered on campus and at other sites in the region. Extension credit classes must be fully self-supporting and a minimum enrollment is required.
For a copy of the latest Summer Session brochure, contact Admissions and Records at (406) 657-2158 or (800) 565-MSUB or go to www.msubillings.edu/summer.
The Distance Education Center provides University-wide support for the distribution of courses and special programs via the Internet (MSUB Online) and interactive television.
The Center participates in two different interactive television networks which serve various portions of Montana. The networks are the METNET system, which is a compressed two-way video and audio network owned and operated by the State of Montana, and the Mid-Rivers network, which is a compressed two-way video and audio system that links approximately 20 sites throughout Montana. For additional information about interactive television, call (406) 657-1685.
Distance Education provides C-band and Ku-Band downlink services to the University. Satellite programming may be received and distributed to rooms throughout the senior campus, Downtown and the College of Technology.
Audio and Video Production
The Distance Education Center provides video and audio production services for the University. The Center assists with the production of public service announcements, student recruitment videos, and university community affairs programs broadcast over channel 7 of the Bresnan Communications cable television system in Billings.
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