Missoula College University of Montana

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Missoula College
University of Montana
Type Public
Established 1956
Became part of the University of Montana in 1994
Dean Shannon O'Brien
Location Missoula, Montana, US
Campus Missoula College - East Campus
Website http://www.mc.umt.edu

Missoula College - University of Montana is the two-year college of the University of Montana, located in Missoula, Montana. The college was founded in 1956, and became part of the University of Montana in 1994. The College offers 35 programs, including career, transfer and technical programs. The five academic departments include the Department of Applied Computing and Electronics, Department of Industrial Technology, Department of Applied Arts and Sciences, Department of Business Technology, and Department of Health Professions. The college also provides workforce development for the region as well as dual credit courses for hundreds of high school students in the area, and works to support adults seeking new career opportunities or professional development. During the Fall 2010 semester, 2,444 students were enrolled at Missoula College.[1]

Facilities and location[edit]

Missoula College - University of Montana is composed of an east and west campus, both of which are located on South Avenue in Missoula.[2] Although the college is located away from the University of Montana's main campus, it is a unit of the University of Montana, and incoming freshmen are exposed to the same services and expectations as students who primarily attend UM's main campus. The college's east campus is home to the administration building and health and business building, while the west campus is the home of the Department of Industrial Technology. As a whole, the Missoula College consists of 200.4 acres of land.[3] Missoula College - University of Montana is one of Montana's two-year colleges.[4] In addition to dining options on UM's main, or Mountain Campus, students can eat breakfast and lunch at the college's West Campus Cafeteria or the East Campus Hunter Dining Room and Cafeteria.[5]

Missoula College River Campus


Missoula College - University of Montana was previously known as the University of Montana - College of Technology and the Missoula Vocational Technical Center until it became a college within the University of Montana in the fall of 1994. The name change was a sign of the school's expanding responsibilities as it became an integral part of the university while still providing a wide variety of professional and technical programs.[6] The school was governed by Missoula County High Schools until July 1989, when the Montana Board of Regents took over that responsibility.[7]

Academic departments and programs[edit]

Department of Applied Arts and Sciences[edit]

This department focuses on instruction in communication, science, writing, mathematics, and social science, and oversees the Associate of Arts Degree.[8]

Department of Applied Computing and Engineering Technology[edit]

The Department of Applied Computing and Engineering Technology is a member of several organizations, including Cisco Regional Networking Academy and North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners. The department offers Certificate of Applied Science programs in Computer-Aided Design and Computer Support, as well as Associate of Applied Science Degrees in Computer Technology, Electronics Technology and Energy Technology.[9] A Bachelor of Applied Science Degree is also available to students who have completed an Associate of Applied Science Degree.

Department of Business Technology[edit]

The Business Department is the largest within the college, covering six academic areas: Accounting Technology, Administrative Management, Culinary Arts, Management, Medical Information Technology, and Paralegal Studies.[10] Each respective program offers an Associate of Applied Science Degree or certificate upon completion.

Department of Health Professions[edit]

The department offers Associate of Applied Science Degrees in Medical Assisting, Practical Nursing, Radiologic Technology, Respiratory Care, and Surgical Technology. The department also offers an Associate of Science Degree in Registered Nursing and a certificate in Pharmacy Technology. The Medical Assisting program is currently under review, however, and is not accepting new students at this time.[11]

Department of Industrial Technology[edit]

The Department of Industrial Technology is located on the college's West campus. The department encompasses six programs: Building Maintenance Engineering, Carpentry, Diesel Equipment Technology, Heavy Equipment Operation, Recreational Power Equipment, and Welding Technology. The Building Maintenance Engineering, Heavy Equipment Operation, and Recreational Power Equipment programs are one-year programs that offer a Certificate of Applied Science upon completion. The Carpentry and Welding Technology programs both offer either a one-year Certificate of Applied Science or a two-year Associate of Applied Science Degree upon completion, while the Diesel Equipment Technology is a two-year program that offers only an Associate of Applied Science Degree.[12]

Outreach Program[edit]

A notable feature of Missoula College is its Outreach Program, a program that offers individuals who are unable to attend daytime or structured classes an opportunity to fulfill requirements despite a busy schedule. Online courses, evening and weekend classes, short courses, summer programs and other options are available.[13]

Achievements and recognition[edit]

  • In a recent Missoula Independent article, the Hunter Dining Room at Missoula College's East Campus was called "Missoula's best-kept dining secret."[14]
  • Culinary Arts/Foods Services Management graduate Carol Chandler earned the 2007 Student Culinarian of the Year award.[15]
  • In 2008, Culinary Program Director Thomas Campbell received a Certificate of Appreciation during the American Culinary Federation Western Regional Conference.[16]
  • COT satellite campuses and programs were described as a "superior programming model" by the Accreditation Review Committee for Surgical Technologists.[7]
  • The only higher education institution in Montana to be designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense. [17]


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Coordinates: 46°50′52″N 114°00′43″W / 46.84778°N 114.01194°W / 46.84778; -114.01194