DATE:             May 15, 2001


TO:                  Board of Regents


FROM:            Willard R. Weaver

                        Dean, Montana State University – Great Falls College of Technology


RE:                  Campus Report for the May 17 – 18, Board of Regents’ Meeting



This spring student success stories seem to be blossoming at Montana State University—Great Falls College of Technology.  Some examples:



The Department of Energy and the American Association of Community Colleges collaborated to develop this award as a way to create educational pathways for community college students in under-represented groups to pursue science, technology and engineering careers.  The DOE's Office of Science has formed the "Institute of Biotechnology, Environmental Science, and Computing for Community Colleges" to provide momentum for this partnership. MSU-Tech has been involved with this pilot project since its inception in 1998.



Crystal originally enrolled at MSU—Great Falls College of Technology to develop the business expertise needed to complement her husband’s skills as an electrician in their business, Power Connection.  Apart from the award, the plan has also resulted in improvements to their business.  Crystal will use the same plan this week when she travels to The University of Montana to compete in the John Ruffatto Business Plan Competition.





MSU—Great Falls College of Technology has been selected as one of twenty sites nationwide to be a Cisco Academy Training Center in Sponsored Curriculum (CATC-SC).    As a CATC-CS, the College will provide a minimum of five week-long training sessions this summer and one session a month for the upcoming academic year in both Unix Operating Systems and Web Development.   Training for additional software programs will be added in the months to come.