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Montana Tech To Offer Writing Classes at the Butte YMCA


3/28/2011

Montana Tech will be partnering with the Butte YMCA to offer two college-credit writing classes at the Y location this coming fall semester, which begins in August. Both classes are intended to help students who are parents. The location and times of these classes have been chosen to accommodate the needs of parents with children.

"The origin for this innovative idea was a survey research project conducted by some of our students," said Elyse Lovell, Tech Writing Instructor and MSU doctoral student. "Their research demonstrated that student-parents’ busy lives could be helped by offering them childcare and by scheduling one day per week classes at an off-campus location. Montana Tech is part of the Butte community. In my mind, it is a very natural fit for Tech to be offering this off-campus class in a community setting like the Y."

Research has indicated that college students who are parents sometimes report feeling like outsiders on a college campus as their needs are significantly different than other similarly-aged students who are not parents. With courses at off-campus sites, some students who are parents might feel more comfortable and less intimidated, particularly those who are adults returning to college after a long absence or who are attending college for the first time.

"We are very excited about this partnership with Montana Tech," said Ms. Raye Vincent, Chief Executive Director of the Butte YMCA. "We considered how the Y could possibly share our institutional strengths with those of Montana Tech to better serve our Butte community, especially parents who are students. This is a win-win for everyone."

The first writing class will be on Wednesdays from 11:00 – 1:30, and the second will be on Saturdays from 11:00 – 1:30. The Wednesday class will have the added benefit of childcare at no cost to the student-parents.

"A first-year writing course is required of students in all degree programs at Tech," said Dr. Heather Shearer, Tech’s Director of Writing. "This outreach initiative represents an important step in making state-funded post-secondary education more accessible to the public."

For any further information about this issue or any issue pertaining to Montana Tech, please contact Dr. John M. Garic at 406-496-3714 or Amanda Badovinac at 406-496-4828.