Starting this fall, Northwest Montana residents can earn an online Certificate of Technical Science in three different advanced manufacturing programs. The one-semester programs include electronics technician, machinist technician and industrial maintenance.
“This marks the evolution of manufacturing education at FVCC,” said Advanced Manufacturing Specialist Dan Leatzow, Ph.D. “We are leading the charge, taking manufacturing education to the next level for the state of Montana. This puts us on equal footing with other nationally and internationally-recognized manufacturing programs.”
According to Leatzow, offering these entry-level programs will benefit students, particularly in rural communities.
“Offering these programs online will prevent the stress of having to relocate to complete these certificates,” he said. “This way, students can stay in their communities, work and be with their families.”
As part of the Strengthening Workforce Alignment in Montana’s Manufacturing and Energy Industries Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grants Program Grant Agreement #TC-25034-13-60-A-30 Consortium grant, students throughout Montana will be able enroll at their local two-year colleges and access FVCC’s online manufacturing programs. FVCC will collaborate with assessment centers in Havre, Helena and Billings to provide students across the state the ability to complete the certificates’ hands-on work requirements in their local communities.
Those who complete the online certificates will have the opportunity to continue their studies on the FVCC Kalispell campus. The college offers a two-semester Certificate of Applied Science in all three programs and a two-year Associate of Applied Science in electronics technician and machinist technician.