DATE:   March 15, 2002

TO:  Board of Regents

FROM:   Dr. Steven Hoyle, CEO/Dean, Helena College of Technology

RE:  Campus Report for the March 21-22, 2002 Board of Regents' Meeting

  • The Montana Fund: HCT is housing an office for Robyn Hampton who is working with several groups on The Montana Fund. The Montana Community Development Corporation is currently developing The Montana Fund, a "near equity" capital fund for venture capital for small businesses. MCDC is linking its efforts with those of the Montana University System and its business incubators. MCDC has received a commitment from The University of Montana to collaborate on development of the fund.
  • Dr. Steven G. Hoyle, Vice President of Mid-Plains Community College in North Platte, Nebraska, was selected to lead the Helena College of Technology of The University of Montana effective March 15, 2002. Dr. Hoyle has a wide range of educational, administrative, and private-sector experience. He was one of four finalists who interviewed for the position from among 85 total applicants. Dr. Hoyle completed most of his education in Kansas, earning an associate degree from Cowley County Community College, an undergraduate degree from Washburn University, a master's degree from Pittsburg State University, and an earned doctorate from Iowa's Drake University. HCT is looking forward to working with Dr. Hoyle and welcome him to the University System!
  • HCTs annualized enrollment for FY2002 is 731.47 with 826 headcount. Seventy percent of the students are full-time. Almost half of the students are 25 or younger, but the average age is 30.2. The largest number of students are enrolled in Computer Technology at 185 students.
  • The Protective Services Program has joined in partnership with the United States Forest Service, the National Wildfire Coordinating Group, and the State of Montana Department of Natural Resources to offer wild land fire training certification. HCT will be delivering non-credit workshops to both agency and private contractors. Courses begin in the Fairfield/Choteau area March 15 and in Lincoln March 22. These courses qualify participants to perform specific tasks during large fires. Examples include engine boss, crew boss, dozer boss, communication support, map interpretation, and aerial support.