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, including community service and river rafting in Glacier National Park.

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 College Writing, Introduction to Interpersonal Communications, Introduction to Psychology 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.

Steps to Apply:

  1. Submit an Online Application for Admission OR
    an Application For Admission (PDF)
    Please check the Running Start box
  2. You may need placement tests in order to enroll in courses. Learn more about tests you may need to take on our www.fvcc.edu/placement
  3. Submit Summer Experience Registration Form with required signatures (applicant, parent/guardian and FVCC advisor)
Registration Form

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 river rafting in Glacier National Park.

Class SectionClass Meets 7/1-7/31Service LearningRafting Trip
COLS 105-01Tuesdays, 12:30-1:20 p.m.July 10, 12:30-3:30 p.m.July 25, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
COLS 105-02Tuesdays, 12:30-1:20 p.m.July 17, 12:30-3:30 p.m.July 18, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
COLS 105-03Tuesdays, 12:30-1:20 p.m.July 24, 12:30-3:30 p.m.July 25, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Financial Literacy for College (COLS 106)

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

Class SectionClass Meets 7/1-7/31Service LearningActivity
COLS 106-01Mondays, 12:30-1:20 p.m.July 15, 1:30-4:30 p.m.July 19, 8 a.m. to 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 NameCreditsDayTimeClassroom
AHMS_144_01Medical Terminology3MTW9:00AM-11:45AMBC 120
COMX_115C_02Intro to Interpersonal Communication3MTW9:00AM-11:45AMAT 207
HSTA_101B_71American History4MTW8:15AM-11:45AMBSS 132
LIT_285_01Mythologies3MTW9:00AM-11:45AMAT 208
NASX 105G-71Introduction to Native American Studies3MTW9:00AM-11:45AMBSS 115
PSYX_100A_71Introduction to Psychology4MTW8:15AM-11:45AMAT 205
THTR_101FH_01Introduction to Theatre3MTW9:00AM-11:45AMAT 206
WRIT_101W_02College Writing I3MTW9:00AM-11:45AMAT 209

For more information, contact Elizabeth Romain at (406) 756-3923 / eromain@fvcc.edu or Blake Ladenburg at (406) 285-1523 / bladenburg@fvcc.edu.