DATE:� ���������� January 11, 2001


TO:����������������� Board of Regents


FROM:����������� Rick Gray, Interim Dean/CEO

����������������������� Helena College of Technology


RE:����������������� Campus Report for the January 17-18, 2002 Board of Regents� Meeting

�         HCT has received a surplus �Huey� helicopter through the National Guard for a processing fee of $500.� It is listed at $922,704.� This helicopter will enhance the learning experience for the Aviation Maintenance students in turbine engines and rotor maintenance.�� HCT�s partnership with the National Guard has been valuable to the educational programs.


�         Over 140 people participated in the Two-Year College Conference at HCT last week.� Tony Zeiss was an inspirational speaker and gave motivation to our efforts to make two-year colleges in Montana key players in workforce development and economic development.� Regent Semmens and Dave Gibson talked about what is happening and what can happen with two-year colleges.


�         The Dean�s Search Committee has narrowed the search for a new dean to five finalists.� The candidates were chosen from a pool of 85 applicants.� The committee is chaired by Bob Frazier, and is made up of 11 employees and students of HCT, and one community representative.� The interviews started January 7 and will continue through February 6.� Each candidate will visit all of The University of Montana campuses, including spending one day at HCT.� Members of the community will also have the opportunity to become acquainted with the five finalists during an open forum/reception.� The committee is expected to make its final recommendations on the top three candidates to The University of Montana President George Dennison who will make the final pick.�


�         Advertising has started for recruitment of a Director of Admissions to replace Annette Walstad.� Mrs. Walstad has served the College well in this position for eight years and is moving on to Human Services Consultation with CMS.� We wish her well.� The position will include marketing and public relations responsibilities.


�         Tony Williams has been assigned to the Workforce Development Academies committee with the Helena Chamber of Commerce.� The United States Chamber of Commerce awarded $40,000 to a consortium of the Helena and Bozeman Chambers of Commerce, to be used for a series of local workforce forums.� The Helena Area Chamber was selected as one of four sites nationally to address workforce development issues under this project.� These forums give business, workforce investment boards, service providers, and community leaders an opportunity to address a range of workforce development challenges, including recruitment, hiring, training, retention and advancement strategies.� As a part of this project, the Helena and Bozeman Chambers of Commerce will work with the Montana Chamber of Commerce to develop and advocate supportive state workforce policies and systems as a result of the input gained from local business through these Workforce Academies.


�         DT Architecture has spent a week on the HCT campus talking to many groups about floor space needs and projected program directions.� They will be reviewing their conclusions with the staff and faculty this month and will be talking to community members for their ideas about the college�s directions.