Frequently Asked Questions

Who can attend Continuing Education classes?

Helena College Continuing Education classes are open to all adults. In most cases, students under 18 will be permitted only with prior consent of the parent, instructor and staff. In some cases, students under 16 may enroll with a paying adult.

Do I need to register for courses in advance?

Yes, and the sooner the better! Many of our classes have a minimum number of participants in order to run, and we need to be able to to give roster numbers to the instructor as far in advance as possible. Some last-minute registrations are possible, but if we have not met the minimum number two to three days before the start of the class, we may have to cancel.

How do I register for Continuing Education classes?

On this site! We are excited to offer the ability to check seats available, register, and pay online. If you need help with the process, we are available by phone or walk-in to our office. Upon completion of the online registration process, you may choose to pay by credit or debit (Visa , MasterCard, or Discover). You may promise a check either by mail or drop-off (sorry, no e-checks). Choose "Pay Later" if you will need an invoice for your place of employment. All classes must be paid before class begins.

Will I receive a receipt?

You will receive a confirmation email upon completion of your registration, at the bottom is listed the amount paid. If you do not provide an email address upon registration, but still require a receipt, you must request a receipt be sent to your mailing address.

Can I get grades, clock hours or CEUs for my class?

Grades are not given out for Helena College Continuing Education classes. Classes, unless otherwise SPECIFICALLY noted, are non-credit. Clock hours, CEUs, and letters of completion can be arranged for most classes (including online classes). Please contact our staff prior to the start of the class for details.

To whom do I pay material fees?

Your class description indicates if the class has a material fee and how it is to be paid. Most material fees are included with your tuition and are paid at the time of registration, but some are paid directly to the instructor at the first class.

What do I need to bring to class?

Bring something to take notes, and an attitude open to fun and learning! When you register, you will be informed of any other materials you will need.

Why do classes get cancelled?

If a class does not meet minimum enrollment, it will be cancelled 48 hours prior to the start. If you are interested in a class, please call to register at least three days in advance. Encourage your friends to take the class with you! Unfortunately, people often call at the last minute after a class has been cancelled and everyone is disappointed. Instructors need to prepare and sometimes purchase materials for their classes. It is important to give them at least 2 days lead time. Also, some classes fill quickly, so don't wait!

If your class is cancelled, Continuing Education staff will contact you by phone. Please make sure your contact information is current. If we cancel the class you will receive a 100% refund or will be given the option to transfer your registration to another class.

What if I can't attend a class for which I am registered?

Please contact the Continuing Education office as soon as possible. If you cancel 3 or more business days before the first class meets, we will refund your registration, but a 10% processing fee will be withheld. If you choose to transfer, the processing fee will be waived. Course and material fees cannot be refunded after the first class.

What about parking?

Parking permits are not required after 5pm or on weekends. If one is needed for your class, you will be emailed one before class begins, or you can pick one up during the first class.

Are classrooms handicapped-accessible?

Helena College University of Montana is committed to making its classes accessible to members of the disabled community. Elevators are available for classes offered upstairs and downstairs at both campuses. Handicap parking is also available with a valid permit. If you have special circumstances, please let us know so that we can help make your class a more positive experience.

What happens in case of bad weather or emergencies?

If classes are cancelled due to campus closure, inclement weather, or instructor emergency, the Continuing Education staff or instructor will do our best to notify you. It is important to have all of your contact information current.

Can I purchase gift certificates?

Yes, this is a great way to give the gift of lifelong learning! Purchase a gift certificate for a specific class or for a dollar amount that can be applied to a class of the recipient's choice. Gift certificates are available from our office by telephone or stopping by.

Contact Us

Office

1115 North Roberts - Room 113
Helena, Montana 59601
Monday - Friday; 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Fax: 406-447-6397

Director

Mary Lannert
406-447-6944
E-mail: mary.lannert@umhelena.edu

Coordinator

Christy Stergar
406-447-6945
E-mail: christine.stergar@umhelena.edu

Administrative Associate

Julie Adams
406-447-6946
E-mail: julie.adams@umhelena.edu

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