Feb 4, 2013

FVCC to Conduct Higher Education Needs Assessment in Partnership with Montana Universities and Commissioner's Office

Last fall, Flathead Valley Community College announced its plans to explore the creation of a university center to bring onsite instruction for bachelor-level degrees to its campus.  College officials have been in discussions with officials at The University of Montana, Montana State University and the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education, and all have agreed there is a need for expanded higher education opportunities in the Flathead Valley.

This March, the college will be reaching out to area businesses through the area chambers of commerce, Northwest Montana Business Expansion and Retention Program and Montana West Economic Development as well as current FVCC students and alumni to collect their input on which baccalaureate degrees the college should offer that would best serve the businesses, communities and residents of Northwest Montana.

“Having a university center at FVCC has been a common request from area businesses and community members,” said FVCC President Jane Karas, Ph.D.  “We are excited about the opportunity to expand our partnerships with the Montana University System to continue to meet our community’s needs.”

FVCC currently offers nearly 30 bachelor and graduate-level degrees on campus primarily through distance learning.  This new endeavor will bring more faculty from the partnering universities onto the FVCC campus to maximize students’ learning experiences.

For more information, contact Tara Roth at 756-3912 or at