Letter on two-year education from Commissioner Stearns

September 20, 2011

Dear Montana University System Faculty, Staff, and Students:

As you know, the Montana University System is undergoing a major transformational change with our two-year colleges and two-year programs. This effort, known as College!NOW is funded through the Lumina Foundation for Education and has received national recognition.

Please view the first College!NOW newsletter here: http://mus.edu/2yr/COLLEGEnow/news/CollegeNow_eNews.html

A key feature of this newsletter is a very special message from the Chair of the Board of Regents, Clayton Christian. I hope you will take time to read Chairman Christian's letter as well as the entire newsletter.

In addition, Deputy Commissioner John Cech has provided a comprehensive update of the accomplishments of College!NOW since January 1, 2011 and an overview of the five community listening sessions planned for October (Billings, Great Falls, Butte, Helena, and Missoula) focusing on the rebranding and renaming of Montana's five Colleges of Technology.

I will keep you posted with future updates on Montana's Two-Year College Initiative through future newsletters.

Sheila Stearns

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