Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education

Two Year & Community College Education Staff



Erik Rose, B.A.

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Erik Rose is the Director of Workforce Information and Initiatives. As the Methods of Administration Coordinator, Erik acts as the state's lead civil rights compliance officer for postsecondary career and technical institutions. He was the Workforce Information Officer for the Rev Up grant and provides general data analysis for the Montana University System. He grew up fishing and hunting in Seeley Lake and graduated from The University of Montana with a degree in Business Management. During his time as a university student, he was a Resident Assistant, ASUM Senator, Homecoming Ambassador, and was involved in many student groups and committees. Erik spent 4 years on the JET Program teaching English and promoting cultural awareness in Montana’s sister state of Kumamoto, Japan. He strives to assist students in achieving success at all levels and especially enjoys working with students from diverse backgrounds.

Zach Hawkins


Zach Hawkins, B.A.

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Zach Hawkins is the Director of the GEAR UP Program, funded by the U.S. Department of Education to increase the number of low-income students enrolling in and completing a post-secondary credential. He brings a solid understanding of the program to the position as he previously served as the Eastern Schools Grant Manager. Prior to that, he served as the Upward Bound Associate Director/Coordinator with Montana Tech, serving high schools in Helena, Butte and Anaconda. Additionally, he worked with students from 13 western Montana high schools in the Upward Bound Summer Academy. Zach began his career teaching middle and high school social studies in Hays Lodgepole and Heart Butte.

Zach graduated from Troy High School and attended Montana State University, earning a degree in History and Government teaching. He has a unique array of life experiences which include attending a one room school for 8 years, volunteering with Americorps in the Montana Conservation Corps., working for the U.S. Forest Service for 15 summers and driving the world famous red jammer buses in Glacier National Park. Zach enjoys sharing a meal, telling stories, and getting to know new people. He enjoys the outdoors and is especially fond of camping, hunting and taking walks with his family. He wants you all to know that he will always have time to hear your thoughts and concerns and is dedicated to ensuring that GEAR UP is working in your community.

Jeannie Origbo


Jeannie Origbo, B.A.


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Jeannie Origbo is the Director for the Montana Educational Talent Search grant program funded by the Department of Education. Jeannie brings a combined eight years of experience in both secondary and post-secondary education. She taught for six years on the Fort Belknap Indidan Reservation in Hays, MT. She has been a member of Two-Year and Community College Education Division since June 2011 at the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education.


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