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The College of Technology
For the most up-to-date information about College of Technology programs please see the annual College of Technology Catalog.
The mission of the Montana State University Billings College of Technology is to be the College of first choice, dedicated to the development of workforce capacity by providing top quality learning opportunities and services to meet a variety of career choices and customer needs by being responsive, flexible, and market-driven.
In 1969, the Montana State Legislature created the Billings Vocational-Technical Education Center (BVTC) to serve the postsecondary technical training needs of adults. In 1987, by order of the Legislature, governance passed from the Billings School District to the Montana University System Board of Regents, making the BVTC one of five campuses of the Montana University System for postsecondary vocational-technical education. In 1994, the BVTC officially merged with Eastern Montana College to become the fifth College of Montana State University Billings. The merger and subsequent sharing of resources brought about new and improved student services, such as cooperative education, health services, career services, fee payment options, and credit transferability.
The College of Technology provides individuals with training (or re-training) to obtain excellent, “in demand” positions available at many area employers. Graduates of the College of Technology become licensed practical nurses, surgical technicians, paramedics, firefighters, automobile technicians, diesel technicians, process plant operators, computer system technicians, computer desktop support specialists and computer assisted drafting technicians working with architects. These examples are just a few of the career possibilities awaiting students earning a Certificate, Associate of Applied Science degree, Associate of Science degree or Associate of Art degree from the College of Technology. We will give you the tools to make your career dreams come true.
The College of Technology enjoys partnerships with key organizations in the greater Billings region including: Billings Clinic, St. Vincent Healthcare, Billings Fire Department, Bresnan Communications, Underriner Motors, One Eighty Communications, The Billings Gazette, and the Montana Contractor’s Association to name a few. In addition, the College offers occupationally specific and related instructional opportunities on campus as well as through distance learning to prepare or retrain individuals to meet the demands of present and future technology. The College continues to develop collaborative relationships and articulation agreements with other institutions of higher education where appropriate. Since fall 2003, the College Of Technology has been a training site for the University of Montana’s Surgical Technology Associate of Applied Science degree. Students in the Billings area are now able to complete all of the training locally instead of having to relocate to the Missoula area. This is our first attempt at collaboration with another College of Technology in offering their program through our campus and community. We anticipate expanding such collaborations in the near future.
Through the College of Technology’s Outreach and Community Development Center of Excellence, a variety of special programs have been developed to meet specific training needs of business, industry, and other organizations through contract training, continuing education courses, workshops, and seminars. Specialized programs can be developed at the request of individuals and employers and are conducted on the job site or on campus.
The College of Technology is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Individual programs are recognized and approved by the United States Office of Education; Bureau of Indian Affairs; Division of Vocational Rehabilitation; National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE); Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair (I-CAR) and the Montana Board of Nursing. All programs are approved for veterans.
The College of Technology, at 3803 Central Avenue, is located seven miles from the main MSU Billings campus in the fast-growing west-Billings “Shiloh Corridor Complex” near the intersection of Central Avenue and Shiloh Road. The campus is contained in a building situated on an attractive and spacious 18-acre site with a view of the 12,000 foot Beartooth Mountain Range. The building consists of more than 110,000 square feet of classroom, lab and shop area. The MSU Billings soccer field is located on the COT campus.
The College of Technology offers Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, Associate of Applied Science Degrees and Certificates in the following areas:
Programs marked with a Ñ are also offered in an online format.
Associate of Science Degree (AS)
Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Certificate of Applied Science Programs
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