Despite challenges, DCC ready for an exciting year

Guest Column by Dr. Scott Mickelsen

I’d like to take this opportunity to share some information and upcoming events regarding Dawson Community College. Although we aren’t always headline news, rest assured we are diligently working to provide all students the opportunity for affordable access to a quality education.

Montana’s declining revenues affect all entities that receive state appropriations. The reduced funding significantly impacts the College; however increasing enrollment and growing our academic programs is of greater importance. Vice President Kathleen Zander has worked tirelessly to craft a balanced budget that addresses these pressing needs. The College strives to be good stewards of your tax dollars. If you have questions regarding the College’s 2018 budget, please contact me at smickelsen@dawson.edu or 406-377-9406.

On Tuesday, August 22, the college hosts its annual Community Day. I invite you to tour campus and meet our faculty, staff and students. Please stay for a picnic supper and at 7:00 p.m., watch the Women’s Volleyball team kick off its season against rival Miles Community College. Go Bucs!

The fall semester begins Wednesday, August 23. I’m excited to welcome our students to campus for the start of a new year. Nationally and in Montana, enrollment is stagnant or decreasing at institutions of higher learning. Defying those statistics, enrollment applications at DCC are up from last year by eight percent. Our enrollment team, coaches and faculty have worked hard to actively recruit new students and I thank them for their efforts.

On Saturday, August 26, DCC hosts the Second Annual Cardboard Boat Regatta at Hollecker Lake. Brave the waves and enjoy the fun and festivities that day. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. and races are expected to start about 10:00 a.m. More information can be found at https://www.dawson.edu/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/2017-Regatta-Race-Rule....

Plan to attend a community forum on Tuesday, September 5, at 7 p.m. in the Toepke Center Auditorium to learn more about the college’s partnership with The American Campus in Mauritius. Representatives from DCC recently traveled there for a week of productive meetings with officials from The American Campus, the University of Mauritius and the Mauritius Tertiary Education Commission. This is an exciting time for DCC!

Lastly, I’m pleased to announce that the Montana University System’s Board of Regents will visit Dawson Community College on Sept. 29. Mark your calendars – the Regents will host a community forum that morning and I hope you’ll be able to attend. I will send more information as the Regents’ schedule is confirmed.

Dawson Community College is looking forward to an awesome academic year! I am grateful for the support the community provides to the College and its students. Thank you so much!

Dr. Scott Mickelsen is president of Dawson Community College. 

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