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Highlands College Celebration


On Monday, September 10th, Montana Tech will officially recognize and celebrate Highlands College, the new name of its two-year college. This past May, the Montana Board of Regents changed the names of Montana's two-year institutions as part of its rebranding effort to expand the mission of the schools. Named after the nearby Highlands Mountains, the Highlands College moniker replaces its prior name, the College of Technology.

The celebration event is being sponsored and conducted by the Highlands College Student Leadership Team. Invited to the event will be Governor Schweitzer, Chair of the Montana Board of Regents, Angela McLean, Commissioner of Higher Education Clay Christian, Deputy Commissioner John Cech, Tech Chancellor Don Blackketer, the Tech Vice Chancellors and various other members of the Tech and Butte communities.

"It made us feel good when Dean Garic suggested that the recognition and celebration of our new name should be conducted by the students because this is OUR college," said Wendy Baughman, Vice-President of the Highlands College Student Leadership. "The students love our new name. We are proud members of the Montana Tech community and our new name starts a wonderful new era of expansion and recognition of the value we bring to the greater Butte community and Montana."

Highlands College is one of the four colleges/schools at Montana Tech; the others are the School of Mines & Engineering, the College of Letters, Sciences and Professional Studies and the Graduate School. Programs at the college include the Associate of Science (a degree designed for transfer to a 4-year program), Health Programs, Business Technology Programs, and Trades and Technical Programs.

"Our nation has an ever increasing need for citizens with college credentials. With our new name and the expansion of our mission, we are excited to be part of the solution for these issues facing our nation," said Dr. John M. Garic, Dean of Highlands College. "We look forward to increasing the number of our graduates so that they can get quality jobs and thereby benefit themselves, their families, our state and nation."