Helena College News & Events

Helena College Announces Bachelor of Social Work Articulation Agreement with UM

An articulation agreement between Helena College and the University of Montana was announced Thursday afternoon.  Students may now complete an Associate of Science degree through Helena College and then pursue a two-year Bachelor of Social Work completion degree online through the University of Montana. The agreement provides students with a seamless transition between Helena College and the school of Social Work at UM. 

Chief Academic Officer, Dr. Denise Runge announced the agreement Thursday afternoon. “We know there is a great need for trained social workers in Montana.  Given our location in the State Capitol, it makes sense for Helena College to partner with the University of Montana to offer opportunities for students to complete their BSW degree online. “

This is the third such agreement the college has created in recent months.  The other two include a Bachelor of Science in Health Administration as part of an articulation agreement with MSU-Billings and a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice as part of an articulation agreement with MSU-Northern.  All of these programs allow students the opportunity to stay in Helena while completing their Bachelor degree. Runge said, “I am so pleased that we are able to expand the opportunities for Helena area students to begin their bachelor’s degrees at Helena College and complete them with our Montana partner universities without the need to relocate to another campus. 

Students may begin taking courses in any program as early as May 18th.  Questions may be directed to Admissions Counselor, Ryan Loomis at 447-6904.

Helena College Receives ACT Career Preparedness Award

Helena College was presented with the ACT Career Preparedness Award for Montana’s exemplary 2-year or community college that advances students’ successful transition from college to career at the Board of Regents meeting being held at the college on March 5th.  The college was nominated for the award based on five criteria: Accessibility of career readiness assessments and career preparation programs, Efforts to develop relationships with local employers, Student success indicators, Dedication of administrators and faculty to career planning and support structure, and the College’s commitment to providing leadership opportunities for students outside the classroom.

“Helena College is proud of its comprehensive approach to make sure that students are in the right program at the right time and receiving the right support, and I think that’s something we should all aspire to do more of,” said Commissioner of Higher Education Clayton Christian as he presented the award to Daniel Bingham, Dean/CEO of Helena College.  After thanking ACT and the Office of Public Instruction, Dean Bingham said, “I would be truly remiss if I didn’t thank Helena College staff, faculty, and administration and a tremendous community that supports Helena College.”

Helena College will be one of 34 state nominations evaluated by a national selection committee that is composed of respected leaders in education and workforce development to receive a national award in career preparedness.

"Public Women, Private Patrons”

On Wednesday, March 18th, Dr. Ellen Baumler will present "Public Women, Private Patrons" in the Donaldson Campus Lecture Hall at noon. Prostitution was big business across the West in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Montana was no exception where cities large and small—from the industrial giant of Butte to the coal-mining town of Red Lodge and primitive camps like Virginia City —profited from these illegal activities. There has been very little valid scholarship interpreting Montana’s red light districts. Historian Ellen Baumler explores the real business through primary sources and architectural remains. Surviving remnants include Butte’s infamous Dumas Hotel and other surprising places across the state.   

Helena College to Host Autism Lecture

The public is invited to a presentation on positive behavioral support for young adults with autism by Shawna Heiser, M.S., BCBA. Topics covered will include a thorough description of autism, common struggles and areas of difficulty experienced for individuals with autism in college, healthy life choices for individuals on the spectrum and how to appropriately support and instruct individuals with autism on a college campus.  The
presentation will be held in the Lecture Hall of the Donaldson Campus on March 20th from 1-3pm.

Heiser is a board certified behavioral therapist who works in a private practice in Bozeman MT. She teaches juniors and seniors at Montana State University-Bozeman as an adjunct professor of Psychology. She also consults with school districts across the state of Montana helping students with Autism.

Helena College Launches Psi Beta Honor Society

Helena College has received approval to start a chapter of Psi Beta, the National Honor Society in Psychology for Community and Junior Colleges.  This is the first Psi Beta chapter approved in the state of Montana.  Psi Beta recognizes outstanding psychology students and promotes excellence in scholarship, leadership, research, and community service. Once a student has earned the honor and been inducted, membership is for life.  Dr. Nathan Munn and Curtis Peterson, Social and Psychological Sciences instructors at Helena College, are the faculty advisors for the chapter. 

The Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS) regulates eligibility requirements for establishing college chapters and for admitting student members. In 1994 Psi Beta was the first community college honor society accepted for membership in the ACHS. Because of the ACHS membership, a student's Psi Beta membership has the unique benefit of meeting one of the requirements for entrance at the GS-7 level (usually two levels higher than otherwise qualified) in numerous occupations in the Federal Service.

An induction ceremony for students will be held at the college on March 18th at 2pm in the Lecture Hall of the Donaldson campus.

Tax Assistance for Qualifying Tax Payers

Saturday mornings – beginning February 7, 2015

9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Room 130

Donaldson Campus

Helena College has once again been named as a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site.  Helena College students and community volunteers will be on the Donaldson campus, Room 130, Saturday mornings 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. beginning February 7, 2015 and continuing through April 11, 2015 to assist qualifying tax payers (e.g., low-income), in completing their tax forms.   It’s first come, first served (no appointment necessary).

Helena College Announces New Program Opportunities

Helena College is pleased to announce two new program opportunities beginning in the fall 2014 semester.  The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice is part of an articulation agreement with MSU-Northern.  The classes for this program will be delivered either on the Helena College campus or online through MSU-Northern.  A degree in criminal justice prepares students for careers in police services, adult and juvenile corrections, homeland security and more.

The Bachelor of Science in Health Administration is part of an articulation agreement with MSU-Billings. This program also features classes delivered on the Helena College campus or online through MSU-Billings.  Graduates are prepared for a range of responsibilities administering health facilities and programs. 

Both programs support Helena College’s core theme of meeting regional workforce needs.  Denise Runge, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs sought and obtained the agreements from both of the universities in an effort to broaden the program offerings at Helena College.  The college has most recently added an honors program for students seeking admission to the Davidson Honors College at the University of Montana, a business administration associate degree that offers eligibility for application to the School of Business Administration at UM, a pre-pharmacy degree that offers eligibility for application to the Skaggs School of Pharmacy at UM as well as an articulation agreement with Montana Tech for registered nurses to obtain their bachelor’s degree in nursing.

Runge said, “I am so pleased that we are able to expand the opportunities for Helena area students to begin their bachelor’s degrees at Helena College and complete them with our Montana partner universities without the need to relocate to another campus.  These specific degrees support numerous job opportunities for Helena-area residents, and we plan to continue expanding the number of 4-year degree options available through this process.”

For more information on the programs, call 447-6904 or visit umhelena.edu

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