Helena College News & Events

Baumler to speak on Chinese Pioneers in Montana

Chinese in Montana: Our Forgotten Pioneers
Presented by:  Ellen Baumler, author & interpretive historian, Montana Historical Society

Tuesday, September 23rd
6:30 - 8:00 pm -Helena College Lecture Hall

Chinese pioneers have been neglected in Montana’s written record, even though in 1870 they comprised 10 percent of the population. By the 1950s, very few remained. Chinese homes and businesses fell victim to urban renewal programs. Time erased their remote mining and railroad camps. Traces of their culture disappeared, and their stories have become obscured in myth and legend. What happened to these pioneers and where did they go? Historian and award-winning author Baumler explores Montana’s urban and remote Chinese settlements through archaeological sites, artifacts, and rare remaining landmarks, recalling the contributions of Montana’s Chinese residents and the cultural footprints they left behind.

Helena College Announces New Program Opportunities

Helena College is pleased to announce two new program opportunities beginning in the fall 2014 semester.  The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice is part of an articulation agreement with MSU-Northern.  The classes for this program will be delivered either on the Helena College campus or online through MSU-Northern.  A degree in criminal justice prepares students for careers in police services, adult and juvenile corrections, homeland security and more.

The Bachelor of Science in Health Administration is part of an articulation agreement with MSU-Billings. This program also features classes delivered on the Helena College campus or online through MSU-Billings.  Graduates are prepared for a range of responsibilities administering health facilities and programs. 

Both programs support Helena College’s core theme of meeting regional workforce needs.  Denise Runge, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs sought and obtained the agreements from both of the universities in an effort to broaden the program offerings at Helena College.  The college has most recently added an honors program for students seeking admission to the Davidson Honors College at the University of Montana, a business administration associate degree that offers eligibility for application to the School of Business Administration at UM, a pre-pharmacy degree that offers eligibility for application to the Skaggs School of Pharmacy at UM as well as an articulation agreement with Montana Tech for registered nurses to obtain their bachelor’s degree in nursing.

Runge said, “I am so pleased that we are able to expand the opportunities for Helena area students to begin their bachelor’s degrees at Helena College and complete them with our Montana partner universities without the need to relocate to another campus.  These specific degrees support numerous job opportunities for Helena-area residents, and we plan to continue expanding the number of 4-year degree options available through this process.”

For more information on the programs, call 447-6904 or visit umhelena.edu

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