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Outreach & Community
“Montana’s businesses and industries need institutions to begin focusing now on training students so they become the ‘talent’ that will sustain our existing industries and help us recruit new business and industries.”-John Cech, Dean, MSU Billings College of Technology
As the MSU Billings College of Technology evolves into a comprehensive community college, a critical part of its mission is to become a center for community learning. The College of Technology has partnered with the MSU Billings College of Professional Studies and Lifelong Learning to bring together the rich resources of the COT and the entire University to serve the workforce and lifelong learning needs of our community.
“The customized programs and materials change lives--literally. I couldn’t begin to count the times one of our participants has come to me after training and commented that our training program has changed not only their work-life, but provided them with principles they could use in their personal lives,” said Russell Cherry, Achieve Global Master Trainer.
The relationship between the University and a client typically begins with thoughtful discussion of the client’s needs and desired outcomes. During this process, a variety of training options are discussed and reviewed. Of the dozens of Achieve Global training modules available, only those most appropriate to the needs of the client/partner would be incorporated into the program. The real power of the University’s program is the ability to develop these custom training packages specifically for each client/partner.
An exciting element of the community development initiative is the collaboration between Colleges of the University.
For additional information on the Achieve Global programs, or other University professional development programs, contact Sharon Weatherwax-Ripley at the College of Professional Studies and Lifelong Learning, (406) 896-5875, or Bruce Whittenberg at the College of Technology, (406) 896-5877.
The ACT Center is located next to the library at the College of Technology. Our fast internet connections will give you access to over 3000 titles from personal development to business development. You can access 95% of our titles from your home or office computer via the Web. You can access up-to-date training anytime, anywhere at a cost effective rate. Contact Frank Kuehn at (406) 247-3011.
As a Fortune 500 company, and a Fortune 100 trainer, Achieve Global has worked with the largest international conglomerates. For example, Achieve Global trained the award-winning Salt Lake Olympic Organizing Committee staff and volunteers. Through a unique educational partnership with the MSU Billings, Achieve Global can offer industry-standard training at Montana prices. Our certified instructors deliver Achieve Global modules in three-hour blocks.
Why outsource your training issues when you can in-source a training director to be part of your executive team? Through a multi-step, consultative process, we listen to your needs and design a customized organizational development solution that may include technical and “soft skills” training. The College of Technology can bring the resources of MSU Billings to your business and help you achieve the next level.
We offer training in Microsoft software applications, Web and desktop publishing, accounting and book keeping software, and troubleshooting pointers for your computer.
The College of Technology Outreach and Community Center of Excellence frequently collaborates with other organizations in the region to offer conferences and workshops for the general public. Conference and workshop topics include agriculture, healthcare, computer network security, leadership and other areas of professional development. COT Conferences are regionally known for their quality and timeliness. Contact Frank Kuehn, (406) 247-3011.
The College of the Technology will offer a wide array of summer camps for youth ranging from primary to secondary education each summer.
Coordinated Evening/Online Studies
The Coordinated Evening/Online Studies accommodates the needs of adults who lead busy lives but are seriously committed to continuing their education. Students can earn an Associate of Science during the evenings, weekends and online, allowing them to maintain a full-time job and family.
College of Technology Programs currently offered in Coordinated Evening/Online Studies mode:
Certificate of Applied Science: Human Resource Management Ñ
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.
Certification Testing Center
A variety of testing services are administered at the College of Technology. Sylvan Prometric tests are available for areas including Microsoft, A+, Novell, Cisco, IBM, Lotus, J.D. Edwards, Auto Glass Technician, etc. The Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) testing program offers certification tests for Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Access. Additional ways to serve the community by expanding the certification test offerings in additional areas are always being sought. For more information please contact our Library/Testing Center at (406) 247-3025.
MSU Billings Online University
Ñ - This symbol denotes programs offered in an online format in addition to classroom training
We are pleased to be able to offer you an opportunity to take college courses via the internet as a way of overcoming barriers of time and place. Our students have told us they need the ability to reach their academic goals in an environment that affords them freedom and flexibility, comfort and convenience, and more time for work and family. By combining our commitment to Access and Excellence with the technology that allows you to “Learn Online… Anywhere…Anytime,” this program ensures that you can achieve your personal, professional, and academic goals without sacrificing the other things that are important in your life.
Through the MSU Billings Online University, you can complete Academic Foundations requirements as well as the following certificates and degrees listed below. We are continuously reviewing our programs to determine what we can offer in an online format. To get a current list of degrees and classes offered online, please check the online website www.msubillings.edu/msubonline.
Online Programs currently offered at the MSU Billings College of Technology:
Certificates of Applied Science
You can also take individual online courses for professional development, to transfer to another institution, to apply toward another MSU Billings degree program, or to supplement your on-campus course schedule with an online learning experience.
Students are encouraged to work with an advisor when pursuing any of these degree programs to ensure that courses selected will successfully meet all degree requirements and also fulfill the student’s academic interests and goals. For academic advising and course selection assistance, please contact the MSU Billings Online University Advisor at email@example.com.
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