Summer Experience offers high school juniors and seniors from across Montana the opportunity to earn free college credits at Flathead Valley Community College this summer.

New Summer Experience students take COLS 105 – College 101, a one-credit course that focuses on career exploration, collegiate expectations and experiential learning activities. Learn tips and tricks for success in both online and in-person college courses.

Returning Summer Experience students take COLS 106 Financial Literacy for College, a one-credit course that focuses on college and financial planning. The course provides pre-collegiate students with financial success strategies for college and information about college costs, financial aid and scholarship application processes. Students participate in community service learning and experiential activities and evaluate how their personal values may impact their college and financial choices. Students also create a professional resume and write a mock scholarship/college admissions essay.

In addition to College 101 and Financial Literacy for College, students choose from a selection of college courses that meet Monday through Wednesday morning, including Introduction to Interpersonal Communications, Introduction to Psychology, Introduction to American Government, Introduction to Theatre, American History I, Introduction to Native American Studies and Medical Terminology. Summer Experience participants may participate in a free textbook loan program.

Registration for Summer Experience opens March 1. Space is limited, and classes fill on a first-come, first-served basis. There is no cost to register; however, students are required to commit to participating in all five weeks of the program.

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COVID-19 Update for Summer Experience 2021: FVCC’s Summer Experience Program is continuing as scheduled with a few adjustments to protect the health and well-being of students and staff. We have reduced the number of seats available in all in-person courses and will follow social-distancing and sanitation protocols. The experiential learning activities scheduled as part of the COLS 105 and COLS 106 courses will be held on-campus at FVCC. If you are interested in participating in Summer Experience but are not sure you want to come to campus, we may be able to accommodate your needs to allow you to attend virtually (contact a Running Start Advisor at runningstart@fvcc.edu for more information).

College 101: Summer Experience (COLS 105)

All new Summer Experience students take College 101, a one-credit course that focuses on career exploration, collegiate expectations and experiential learning activities, including community service and experiential activity.

Class SectionClass Meets 6/21-7/23Experiential Learning Activities
COLS 105-01Tuesdays, 12:30 – 1:45 p.m.July 8, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
COLS 105-02Tuesdays, 12:30 – 1:45 p.m.July 15, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
COLS 105-03D (Remote)Tuesdays, 12:30 – 1:45 p.m.July 22, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
COLS 105-04Wednesdays, 12:30 – 1:45 p.m.July 8, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
COLS 105-05Wednesdays, 12:30 – 1:45 p.m.July 15, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Financial Literacy for College (COLS 106)

Returning Summer Experience students take COLS 106 Financial Literacy for College, a one-credit course that focuses on college and financial planning.

Class SectionClass Meets 6/21-7/23Experiential Learning Activities
COLS 106-01Mondays, 12:30 – 1:45 p.m.July 22, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Summer Experience Morning Courses

In addition to College 101 or Financial Literacy for College, students choose from a selection of morning courses that meet Monday through Wednesday.

Course TitleCourse NameCreditsDayTime
AHMS_144_01Medical Terminology3MTW9:00AM-11:45AM
COMX_115C_02Intro to Interpersonal Communication3MTW9:00AM-11:45AM
HSTA_101B_01American History4MTW8:15AM-11:45AM
PSYX_100A_71Introduction to Psychology4MTW8:15AM-11:45AM
NASX_105G_01Introduction to Native American Studies3MTW9:00AM-11:45AM
PSCI_210B_01Introduction to American Government3MTW9:00AM-11:45AM
THTR_101FH_01D (Remote Course)Introduction to Theatre3MTW9:00AM-11:45AM

For more information, contact Elizabeth Romain at (406) 756-3923 / eromain@fvcc.edu or Shelley Eberhardy at (406) 285-1523 / seberhardy@fvcc.edu or Brycen Ek at (406) 201-1738 / bek@fvcc.edu.