Susan J. Wolff, Ed.D.
Welcome to Summer Semester 2013 at Great Falls College MSU! Whether you are here to pick up an extra class or two between semesters from another institution, to take additional classes for transfer preparation, or to continue your degree with GFC MSU, we are excited to have you here.
If you are considering attending Great Falls College MSU, we look forward to visiting with you about the many benefits of going to college here. We have excellent faculty who are student focused, a small student to faculty ratio, the college is accessible and affordable, and provides great support services. The certificate and degree programs are highly recognized as you will read below.
We celebrated our students at the 2013 Commencement and are planning another great year. The past year has been very rewarding for our students, faculty, staff, and administration. A list of some of the accomplishments and recognitions the college has received are listed below:
The college granted a record breaking number of degrees (407) to 331 students, also a record number at its Spring Commencement Ceremony in May.
The Great Falls College MSU Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society began spring semester with 71 members. An additional 25 students joined the group during the semester bringing membership to 96 students! Two of these students were named to the All-USA Community College Academic Team, which is sponsored by the Follett Higher Education Group and presented by USA Today with support of the American Association of Community Colleges and Phi Theta Kappa.
Students, faculty, and staff were honored at awards ceremonies and several of our academic programs held product/results showcases. We like celebrations at this college!
Accreditation of the Surgical Technology program was affirmed.
The Medical Assistant program met the standards and guidelines for initial accreditation by the Medical Assisting Education Review Board.
The Health Information Technology AAS degree is the only program of its type in the state accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education. Because it is accredited, its graduates are eligible to take the national certification examination for Registered Health Information Technicians. The College proudly announced a 100% pass rate for first time test takers on the exam with scores above the national average in all of the content areas.
Great Falls College MSU was named as a 2013 Military Friendly School. The list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities, and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America's military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.
The National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting recognized the College again this year for achieving a high pass rate among graduates taking the board exam. The Board of Surgical Technology has awarded Great Falls College its Merit Award for scoring a 90 percent or greater pass rate on the Certified Surgical Technologies exam for the past two years.
The College’s welding program is now an American Welding Society (AWS) and Canadian Welding Bureau (CWB) accredited testing facility. This is the first dual certified program in the country.
Several faculty and staff participated in the local and statewide effort of Graduation Matters. The program’s focus is to keep all high school students in school and to graduate. The United Way of Cascade County is coordinating this work with the public schools system, higher education partners, community agency personnel, and business people.
The Carpentry program and NeighborWorks Great Falls dedicated a triplex townhouse in May 2013 as part of its collaborative construction program. This is the fourth house built by our students in the Carpentry Program. The College’s Interior Design Program developed several interior design concepts for the triplex.
The Great Falls College MSU Bright Beginnings Learning Center opened for operation in January 2013 and will be dedicated in May 2013. Students have first priority and a reduced fee for placement of children at the center. Children's Choice Learning Centers operates the new center for children aged 0-5. We give a heartfelt thank you to local Legislators who secured funding for the center in 2009 and to the many donors, including the students who made this a reality.
College in a Day was attended by 262 students from 29 area high schools. Students participated in 25 career exploration workshops. More than 200 area high school students participated in the annual GFC MSU Healthcare Career Day where they were exposed to a variety of healthcare career opportunities.
This is just a small sampling of what is taking place at Great Falls College MSU. We invite you to join us and be a part of the excitement. Call 406-771-4300 to learn more.
Susan J. Wolff, Ed.D.