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, College Writing I and Medical Terminology. Summer Experience participants may participate in a free textbook loan program.
Registration for Summer Experience opened March 2. 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:
- Submit an Application for Admission at www.fvcc.edu/apply
- Take placement tests if you do not have ACT scores.
- Submit a Summer Experience Registration Form with required signatures (applicant, parent/guardian and FVCC advisor).
COVID-19 Update for Summer Experience 2020: 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 service learning and 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 river rafting in Glacier National Park.
|Class Section||Class Meets 6/30-7/29||Service Learning & Laser Tag|
|COLS 105-01||Tuesdays, 12:30-1:45 p.m.||July 9, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.|
|COLS 105-02||Tuesdays, 12:30-1:45 p.m.||July 16, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.|
|COLS 105-03||Tuesdays, 12:30-1:45 p.m.||July 23, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.|
|COLS 105-04||Wednesdays, 12:30-1:45 p.m.||July 9, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.|
|COLS 105-05||Wednesdays, 12:30-1:45 p.m.||July 16, 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 Section||Class Meets 6/29-7/27||Service Learning & Laser Tag|
|COLS 106-01||Mondays, 12:30-1:45 p.m.||July 23, 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 Title||Course Name||Credits||Day||Time||Classroom|
|AHMS_144_01||Medical Terminology||3||MTW||9:00AM-11:45AM||BC 120 & BC 142|
|COMX_115C_02||Intro to Interpersonal Communication||3||MTW||9:00AM-11:45AM||BL 214 & BL 215|
|HSTA_101B_71||American History||4||MTW||8:15AM-11:45AM||AT 205|
|PSYX_100A_71||Introduction to Psychology||4||MTW||8:15AM-11:45AM||BSS 114 & BSS 115|
|WRIT_101W_03||College Writing I||3||MTW||9:00AM-11:45AM||AT 208|
|PSCI_210B_01||Introduction to American Government||3||MTW||9:00AM-11:45AM||LRC 123 C & D|
|THTR_101FH_01||Introduction to Theatre||3||MTW||9:00AM-11:45AM||AT 206|