Sep 4, 2012

FVCC Explores Creation of University Center: Center to Offer Expanded Four-Year and Graduate Degree Programs

At its August 22 board retreat, the Flathead Valley Community College Board of Trustees continued its discussion about the development of a University Center and identified it as a top priority.  The University Center will provide dedicated space on the FVCC campus to college and university partners and offer opportunities for local students to complete four-year or graduate degrees without leaving the Flathead Valley.

“Based on input from community members and local chambers of commerce, as well as business and industry leaders, it is clear to the Trustees that there is not only interest in a University Center, but also a need to expand affordable four-year and graduate education in Northwest Montana,”  said FVCC President Jane Karas.

FVCC will work with the Montana University System to explore the creation of the University Center where students will have access to affordable higher education opportunities.  This initiative will expand on existing partnerships that offer upper-level degree programs such as business, nursing, education, social work, and masters of public administration through distance and online education.  The University Center will provide face-to-face engagement with professors and classmates for students pursuing four-year and graduate degrees.

FVCC’s administration has been researching cost-effective best practices and models at other community colleges around the country that provide dedicated space on their campuses for university centers.  A needs assessment to identify program areas to expand or develop will be conducted.

For more information, contact Katie Fries at (406) 756-3668.