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Montana Tech chapter of national organization seeks to encourage people of color to pursue engineering:


The National Society of Black Engineers, based in Alexandria, Virginia, reports that it has more than 500 chapters and more than 17,000 active members worldwide. The organization, founded in 1975, works ...


Bridger offers Bozeman High students a choice:




Ann Jackson and her husband, Ken Wilson donate to improve writing across Montana State University:


Montana State University has announced that Ann Jackson and her husband, Ken Wilson, have committed to donating $570,000 to support programs and initiatives that will expand writing support for students ...


University of Montana releases draft recommendations on program cuts, changes:


University of Montana President Sheila Sterns has released the final draft recommendations to chop programs in an effort to save the school millions of dollars. The report says "many programs will ...


STEM inspires kids to learn:


STEM Billings http://www.stembillings.org/ wants to inspire children to learn about subjects that will lead to an important career in a blossoming industry. About 90 kids joined in to learn about coding ...


Billings school uses unusual classroom management style:


"It's not about the painting. It's not about the walls. It's not about the stage," said kindergarten teacher Melissa Soucy. "It's about the passion for every teacher and how they bring it into the classroom ...


Literacy Bitterroot celebrates 30 years thanks to support from the Rob and Terry Ryan Foundation:


Literacy Bitterroot http://literacybitterroot.org/ has served almost 4,000 students since it's inception in 1987, and is celebrating 30 years of programming on Friday. Dixie Stark, executive director, ...


University of Montana's program "prioritization" goes off the rails:


Faculty groups of seemingly all stripes are questioning the legitimacy of the controversial prioritization process used to rank University of Montana programs as interim President Sheila Stearns prepares ...


Career classes gain popularity at Bozeman High:


Student demand has grown 30 percent in the last three years for classes in the industrial career and technical education department, School Board trustees learned Tuesday during their annual lunch visit ...


University of Montana Montanan Fall 2017:




Student success is key to Montana's future economy:


Montana State University President Waded Cruzado said it best: "Not every student who fails at math will abandon college, but almost every student who leaves college has failed at math." Over the past ...


Give to your loved one's higher education with Achieve Montana:


The end of the year is near, and with it comes food, family, friends, celebration, and giving. Lots and lots of giving. And we're not just talking about presents. Just in time for tax season, nearly one ...


MSU receives $1.2 million for program that supports underrepresented students:


A program at Montana State University that works to support underrepresented undergraduate students has received $1.2 million to continue the program for another five years. The grant from the U.S. ...


Seeley-Swan finds success with four-day school week, Friday study day:


The trophies and plaques tiling the wall of Seeley-Swan High School's cafeteria reflect a long tradition of athletic excellence and participation. But some worried it came at an academic cost. "A ...


Adult ed opportunities abound in the Bitterroot Valley:


Opportunities for lifelong learning are available in the Bitterroot Valley through Adult Education programs in Corvallis, Lone Rock, Stevensville, Darby, and Hamilton. The programs are unique with ...


University of Montana prioritization documents show budget woes, academic achievements:


Budget woes have stressed programs at the University of Montana, even to the point of putting the future accreditation of some at risk. The chemistry undergraduate program, for instance, has seen a ...


An unusual classroom approach is gaining momentum at this Billings elementary school:


"I texted Kathy (Olson, another administrator) and said, 'this is transformative' ... If you guys want, you need to go to the Ron Clark Academy." By MATT HOFFMAN mhoffman@billingsgazette.com ...


Bobcat mentoring program pairs Montana State University students with professionals to foster growth and development:


When JJ Samuel came to Montana State University http://www.montana.edu/ as a freshman in the fall of 2014, he knew he wanted to pursue financial engineering as a career and began seeking tools to give ...


VIDEO: Face the State - Rural Education in Montana:


In this special edition Face the State we'll go to three Class C schools; Augusta, tucked alongside the Rocky Mountain Front, Hot Springs, in a remote part of the Flathead Indian Reservation and Dutton/Brady, ...


MSU releases television commercial about rural education:


Montana State University will debut its latest television commercial on Saturday, Nov. 18, highlighting MSU's efforts to address the need for teachers in Montana's rural schools. The ad tells the story ...


Montana's fragmented University System struggles to pull together:


Montana's colleges and universities originated 124 years ago as separate, distant, often competing campuses. For the last 24 years, higher education leaders have been trying to pull the state's eight ...


University of Montana is western Montana's largest employer:


It is no secret that the University of Montana is a major driver of Missoula's economy. Not only is it the largest single employer in western Montana, but the students and visitors it attracts spend money ...


Missoula College boosts economy by making sure grads are positioned for jobs:


There is a strong demand for certain kinds of workers in Missoula, and local educational leaders are trying hard to keep up the pace of the supply. Officials at Missoula College http://mc.umt.edu/ ...


Montana campus leaders promise no faculty furloughs :


Montana State University's President is promising that faculty and staff won't be furloughed though the state university system faces $4.5 million in budget cuts. Montana lawmakers wrapped up a special ...


University of Montana's new president Seth Bodnar is an outside-the-box pick:


The Board of Regents voted unanimously Thursday to hire Seth Bodnar as the University of Montana's next president, a decision applauded by campus leaders from Missoula to Bozeman. The regents voted ...


Prioritization process challenges transparency at the University of Montana:


The project to set priorities at the University of Montana highlights a gap between UM President Sheila Stearns' stated commitment to transparency and the actual availability of information to the public. Comments ...


Public education rules Montana's economy:


I know it. Most Montanans know it. At its core, the strength of Montana's economy and our way of life relies on the power of a strong public education system. Nowhere is that more clear than on a road ...
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Steve Running will return to University of Montana on grant:


Steve Running, who accepted a retirement buyout this summer from the University of Montana, plans to return to campus in January on a NASA grant. "I probably won't draw any salary from it," Running ...


University of Montana will focus on retention; 'micro-grants' are one way to help:


One of the big questions college students face is whether they can even afford to stay enrolled from one semester to the next. "I think it's astounding that for many students, it can be $200 or $400 ...


Montana campuses commit to improving outcomes for students:


Higher education has been a priority in Montana, but a shift is taking place. "I think the game is changing a bit from really, how many students can we enroll, to how many students can we retain and ...

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