Missoula College Building Will Create New Pathways

University leaders are rallying alumni and friends to support a new building for Missoula College, formerly known as the College of Technology. The University and Montana Board of Regents will ask the 2013 Legislature to approve funding for a state-of-the-art, $47 million facility for the College.

The building will be the first academic building to be constructed under the South Campus Master Plan, which resulted from the in-depth work of a committee that included representatives from neighborhood councils, and that held numerous public meetings. The South Campus lies a few blocks from the central mountain campus along Arthur and South Avenues.

"This proposed building will be an exceptional asset for Missoula College students," President Royce Engstrom says. "We want the community to be engaged in and supportive of this effort."

Missoula College offers one and two-year pathways to in-demand careers. It also prepares students for enrollment in four-year colleges and universities. With more than 30 disciplines and programs, popular courses of study lead to associate’s degrees in nursing, culinary arts, energy technology and more.

Randy Reger ’73, and a UM Foundation Trustee, is an oil industry CEO who lives in Billings. He is helping get the word out about the importance of a new building for Missoula College in eastern Montana.

"I totally support an investment that will get people jobs," Reger says about the building plan.

Approximately 2,500 students attend Missoula College, up from 700 students in 1978. The new 120,000-square-foot building which will provide more space for classrooms, instructional laboratories, conference rooms, a library, common areas and faculty offices.

A new building is UM’s and the Board of Regents’ first priority for new construction requests of the next legislative session. Learn more about the building project at umt.edu/BuildMissoulaCollege. Then, tell your friends and legislators about your thoughts on this important project for the future of Montana.