The following information is available to prospective students, enrolled students, employees, and the general public. Please refer to the specific contact information to obtain additional information or to receive printed documentation.

Institutional Information

A variety of institutional information is available online including:

Student Body Diversity

Information on student enrollment demographics is available through the U.S. Department of Education’s College Navigator website.  For more information, contact Director of Institutional Research, Gordon Bower, at 406-756-3365.

Retention and Graduation Rates

FVCC’s retention and graduation rates of first-time, certificate or degree-seeking undergraduate students as reported to IPEDS are available through the U.S. Department of Education’s College Navigator website.  For more information, contact Director of Institutional Research, Gordon Bower, at 406-756-3365.

Net Price Calculator

Federal law requires that each institution provides a net price calculator so that students and prospective students have a means to estimate their net college costs after an estimate of financial aid is applied.  Click here to access FVCC’s net price calculator.

Financial Aid Information

You can learn about the types of aid available, how to apply for aid as well as learn about your rights and responsibilities for receiving and maintaining eligibility for financial aid.  For more information or to request information in writing, contact Cindy Kiefer, Director of Financial Aid at 406-756-3843.

Disability Services for Students

FVCC offers services for students with disabilities.  For more information, contact Tracy Sullivan, Disability Services Coordinator, at 406-756-3376.

Institutional and Program Accreditation, Approval or Licensure

FVCC is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.  Contact Chris Clouse, Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs and Accreditation Liaison Officer, at 406-756-4326 to obtain a copy of, or to review documents describing the college’s accreditation.

The Physical Therapy Assistant program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education of the American Physical Therapy Association.  Contact the PTA Program Director, Janice Heil, at 406-756-3373 to obtain a copy of, or to review documents describing the college’s accreditation.

The Surgical Technology program is accredited through the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs (CAAHEP), in cooperation with the Accreditation Review Committee on Education in Surgical Technology.  Contact the Surgical Technology Program Director, Patricia Lincoln, at 406-756-4414 to obtain a copy of, or to review documents describing the program’s accreditation.

The Medical Assistant program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Curriculum Review Board of the American Association of Medical Assistants Endowment.  Contact the Medical Assistant Program Director, Christine Degenhardt, at 406-756-4582 to obtain a copy of, or to review documents describing the program’s accreditation.

The Paramedicine AAS program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions.  Contact the Paramedicine Program Director, Ryan Pitts, at 406-756-3901 to obtain a copy of, or to review documents describing the program’s accreditation.

Copyright Infringement and File Sharing Policies

FVCC’s Computer Accessible Use Policy addresses matters related to use of college computers by students and staff.  The Policy prohibits infringing on another person’s copyright.

Copyright infringement is the act of exercising, without permission or legal authority, one or more of the exclusive rights granted to the copyright owner under section 106 of the Copyright Act (Title 17 of the United States Code). These rights include the right to reproduce or distribute a copyrighted work. In the file-sharing context, downloading or uploading substantial parts of a copyrighted work without authority constitutes an infringement.

Penalties for copyright infringement include civil and criminal penalties. In general, anyone found liable for civil copyright infringement may be ordered to pay either actual damages or “statutory” damages affixed at not less than $750 and not more than $30,000 per work infringed. For “willful” infringement, a court may award up to $150,000 per work infringed. A court can, in its discretion, also assess costs and attorneys’ fees.

Willful copyright infringement can also result in criminal penalties, including imprisonment of up to five years and fines of up to $250,000 per offense.

For more information, please see the Web site of the U.S. Copyright Office at www.copyright.gov, especially their FAQ’s at www.copyright.gov/help/faq.

For more information, contact Information Technology at 406-756-3930 or helpdesk@fvcc.edu.

Vaccination Policy

In order to register at FVCC, prospective degree-seeking students, and non-degree-seeking students registering for more than five credits, born on or after January 1, 1957 must submit health records from a doctor, school, or health clinic showing dates for two MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) immunizations OR a blood test showing immunity or a religious or medical exemption form.

FVCC’s health science programs require all students offered a seat in the program to have, or acquire, all vaccinations that may be required for access to the clinical sites that are a part of the individual programs.  See the Academic Programs page for more information on each of these program’s requirements.  For more information on admissions, contact 406-756-3848.  For more information on vaccinations, contact the Student Health Clinic at 406-756-4331.

Transfer of Credit Policies and Articulation Agreements

Policies pertaining to acceptance of transfer of credits, outdated course work, prior learning experiences, and the transfer appeal process is available in the academic catalog.  For more information, contact the Registrar, Sharon Nau, at 406-756-3845.

For students transferring to other institutions, FVCC has partnered with several institutions to establish articulation agreements for specific majors to ensure seamless transfers.  These articulation agreements specify which lower-division courses students should complete at FVCC before transferring.  A suggested course of study for students interested in pursuing various majors is also available in the academic catalog.  For more information, contact Amber Paulson, Director of Student Services, at 406-756-3880.

Instructional Facilities

FVCC has ten buildings dedicated to instruction and one student housing building at its main campus in Kalispell.  In addition to the administrative offices, bookstore and café located in Blake Hall, nine buildings contain classrooms plus associated lab or simulation areas, described as follows:

  • Agriculture – attached greenhouse, cleaning and sorting area;
  • Arts and Technology – theater, instructional kitchen, computer labs, jewelry and pottery studio;
  • Brewing Science – brewing room;
  • Broussard Center – laboratory rooms, simulated hospital/health clinic room;
  • Business and Social Science – computer labs, classrooms linked to Lincoln County Campus and other MUS campuses through I-TV;
  • Early Childhood Center – four infant, toddler and preschool classrooms with attached observation rooms and a multipurpose room;
  • Learning Resource Center – computer lab, writing lab, science and math labs;
  • Occupational Trades – machining areas, welding stations, non-destructive testing stations;
  • Ross Hall – multiple science laboratory rooms, computer labs;

Lincoln County Campus has one building on its campus which includes administrative offices, bookstore, student lounge, classrooms, and labs.

Drug and Alcohol Abuse Policies and Information

A paper copy of the Code of Student Conduct and corresponding procedures, Alcohol-Free Workplace Policy, and Drug-Free Workplace Policy are available from the Dean of Student Affairs, Brenda Hanson, at 406-756-3812.

Alcohol Resources for Students

All new degree-seeking students age 21 or younger as of the first day of the semester are required to complete AlcoholEdu, an online alcohol abuse prevention course, prior to registering for a second semester at FVCC.  All other students are encouraged, not required to complete the course.

FVCC also holds a Student Wellness Fair each semester, at which students can secure information about resources in the community that are available to assist students in addressing alcohol and/or drug abuse issues.  In addition, the campus promotes three tobacco cessation programs each year to offer students incentives and advice about how to stop use of tobacco products.

Individual counseling is available for any student struggling with personal issues associated with drug and/or alcohol use or abuse, and FVCC’s Counselor may make a referral to an appropriate provider off-campus, including to a licensed addiction counselor.  Students may call the Student Support Center at 406-756-3880, to schedule an appointment with Mental Health Counselor, Carlin Hale.

Drug and Alcohol Resources for Employees

After an employee is disciplined for a violation of the campus policies on drugs and/or alcohol, FVCC may, at its discretion, require the employee to satisfactorily complete a drug abuse assistance or rehabilitation program as a condition of continued employment.

Health Effects of Alcohol and Other Drugs

The use and abuse of drugs and alcohol carry dangerous physical, emotional and psychological consequences including dependence, impaired judgment and coordination, increased aggression and violence, memory and speech problems, feelings of panic, confusion, paranoia and loss of control, permanent damage to vital organs, and death.

Alcohol

  • Impairs judgment and coordination
  • Hinders ability to learn and remember information
  • Increases aggression and abusive acts
  • High doses causes dependence, respiratory depression or death
  • Withdrawal causes anxiety, nausea, hallucinations and convulsions
  • Damages vital organs, such as the liver, permanently
  • May lead to fetal alcohol syndrome when consumed by pregnant women

Cannabis (Marijuana)

  • Reduces short-term memory and comprehension
  • Produces paranoia and psychosis
  • Damages lungs and respiratory system with inhalation of carcinogenic smoke
  • Alters sense of time
  • Increases heart rate

Hallucinogens (PCP, LSD)

  • Cause sense of distance and space estrangement, illusions and hallucinations
  • Create persistent memory problems and speech difficulties
  • Induce violent episodes that result in self-inflicted injuries
  • Produce negative psychological effects such as panic, confusion, suspicion, anxiety and loss of control
  • Result in side effects such as dizziness, weakness, tremor nausea and drowsiness

Narcotics (Codeine, morphine, opium, heroin)

  • Produce feelings of euphoria followed by drowsiness, nausea and vomiting
  • Create constricted pupils, watery eyes and itching
  • Can be deadly in overdose, causing shallow breathing, clammy skin, convulsions and death
  • Promote the transmission of AIDS, endocarditis and hepatitis through use of unsterilized syringes

Cocaine/Crack

  • Cause constant stuffy, runny nose and possible perforated nasal septum
  • Produce dilated pupils and elevated blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate and body temperature, followed by depression
  • Extremely addictive and can cause delirium, hallucinations, blurred vision, severe chest pain, muscle spasms, convulsions and death

Designer Drugs (Ecstasy)

  • Hundreds of times stronger than the drugs they’re designed to imitate
  • Cause symptoms similar to Parkinson’s disease including tremors, drooling, impaired speech
  • Can cause brain damage with as little as one dose

Stimulants (Speed, crystal meth, Ritalin)

  • Produce elevated blood pressure and heart rates, decreased appetite, perspiration, headache, blurred vision, dizziness, sleeplessness and anxiety
  • Cause physical collapse in high doses
  • Can result in amphetamine psychosis in long-term users, which includes hallucinations, delusions and paranoia

Inhalants (Whippets, laughing gas, buzz bombs)

  • Are mixtures of volatile substances, which makes it difficult to be specific about effects
  • Can cause nausea, sneezing, coughing, nose bleeds, fatigue, lack of coordination, loss of appetite and involuntary passing of urine and feces
  • May result in hepatitis, brain damage, nervous system damage, weight loss, fatigue, electrolyte imbalance and muscle weakness with long-term use

Depressants (Downers, Valium, Quaaludes)

  • Have similar effects to alcohol
  • Cause calmness in small amounts, slurred speech and staggering gait in large doses
  • Can cause dependence with serious withdrawal symptoms such as restlessness, insomnia, convulsions and death

For more information regarding the effects of alcohol and other drugs, contact the Student Health Clinic at 406-756-4331.

Textbook Information

Students may look up textbook information from the online course schedule or at the FVCC Bookstore.

FERPA

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), as amended, and Montana law, set forth requirements designed to protect the privacy of student educational records. These laws govern access to records maintained by FVCC and the release of information  from those records. A notice to students that explains the rights of students with respect to records maintained by FVCC is provided yearly via the academic catalog, as well at the beginning of each semester via Timber Alert and Privy Press announcements.  For more information, contact Sharon Nau, Registrar, at 406-756-3845.

Campus Security and Fire Safety Report (Jeanne Clery Act)

A paper copy of the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available upon request by the Dean of Student Affairs, Brenda Hanson, at 406-756-3812.

Voter Registration

Students and employees are encouraged to learn about Montana voter information. Regular and late registration is available by completing a voter registration application.