MCC to showcase programs at open house


   With positive changes continuing to happen at Miles Community College, the public will be able to see for themselves how the school is making impressive strides in the right direction.

MCC is hosting an Open House at 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 22. The festivities will open with a barbeque outside of the Café near the covered wagon that will run from 5-6:30 p.m. Campus tours will begin at 6 p.m. and run every half hour with the final tour beginning at 7:30 p.m. Faculty will be available for community members to visit with and learn more about what MCC has to offer. 

“We’re excited to be hosting this event,” said MCC President Stacy Klippenstein. “My view, being new here, I wanted to make sure people within the community had an opportunity to know what MCC has to offer. And we wanted to make sure we had people here to answer questions, assist and do whatever we can do to showcase our school.”

And there will be much to showcase, including changes and upgrades to two of the school’s most popular programs. The Nursing Arts Lab, which has recently been renovated, will be open and demonstrations will be conducted on the human simulators in the Nursing Arts Lab. 

Community members will also be able to visit with faculty about Commercial Drivers License offerings and the Heavy Equipment Program, as well as Ag, Automotive, Equine, Science, Music and Education, among others. Klippenstein said the variety of different options offered by MCC should appeal to students of different ages and interests.

“It allows people, either an adult learner or a traditional-aged student to find out what is available to them,” he said. “The Open House should be a great marketing tool for us, and they can feel free to ask questions about financial aid and other support services, as well as appeal to those who want to take advantage of our workforce or community outreach-type efforts.”

Student Services staff will be present to help interested people with questions about admissions, financial aid, and assist people with starting the process of enrolling for summer (start date Monday, June 2) or fall (start date Wednesday, August 20) semesters. Prize drawings will be given away throughout the evening which will include a $500 scholarship to attend Miles Community College. 

Families are welcome, as other festivities will also be happening on Tuesday evening in the Kailey Gymnasium as part of Unplugged Week, as well as activities for kids. Those attending will have the opportunity to meet administration members, as well as the three candidates running for Board of Trustee seats: Matt Kleinsasser, Garret McFarland, and Tad Torgerson.

“It really gives community members the opportunity to meet me if they have any questions, as well as the staff and faculty, to learn more about the academic programs,” he said. “But also the public will have the opportunity to meet the three candidates for the Board of Trustees positions. They’ll be available to answer questions and really sell themselves on why they should be voted to the position.”

Jessie Dufner, Vice President of Student Success, said those attending the event will come away impressed, as MCC looks forward to showcasing why it’s once again named one of the top 150 community colleges in the nation. 

“We want to invite the community to stop by MCC and see the exceptional things our faculty are doing in the classroom,” she said. “Our job placement rate for our 2013 professional-technical graduates is 98 percent. Miles City is so fortunate to have a college in its back yard and we want to make sure everyone knows what we offer and can provide for people. We serve a vast population that ranges from high school students to non-traditional students as well as providing community outreach and workforce development for our community. We look forward to having people visit campus.”