2-year college looking to expand its 4-year opportunities

Flathead Valley Community College is asking community members to weigh in on what bachelors degree programs it would like to see available in the Valley.

Flathead Valley Community College is asking community members to weigh in on what bachelors degree programs it would like to see available in the Valley.

Flathead Valley Community College currently offers several bachelors degree options through partnerships with Montana universities, and is considering adding more to the list. The college has sent out an email to businesses across the Valley asking what four-year degrees would be most beneficial to the individual businesses, and to the valley as a whole. Director of Institutional Research for FVCC Brad Eldredge said the college is not looking to become a four year institution itself, rather it wants to explore whether it could become a “University Center,” or “Higher Education Center” – a space for the state universities to offer their courses on the Kalispell campus.

Eldredge said there’s a market for the traditional student leaving the Valley for college right after graduating high school, but there’s also the non-traditional route.

“There’s also place-bound adults with families that don’t have that flexibility anymore,” Edlredge said, “We’d like to have an opportunity for them to go to the four-year level and beyond.”

The College is asking to hear back from community members by April 15th.

There are several graduate degree programs from state universities facilitated through FVCC, but here’s a list of bachelors degree programs currently available:

Montana State University – Billings

  • Applied Science
  • Mass communication
  • Organizational Communication
  • Business Administration
  • Education
  • Health Administration
  • Liberal Studies
  • Public Relations

Montana State University – Bozeman

  • Nursing

University of Montana – Missoula

  • Social Work

Montana Tech University of the University of Montana

  • Health Care Informatics

University of Great Falls

  • Elementary and Secondary Education
  • Paralegal Studies
  • Psychology
  • Criminal Justice

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