MCC President excited for new year

Stacy Klippenstein
Friday, September 21, 2018
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Miles Community College is excited for the new academic year and to welcome all new and returning students. We take great pride and pleasure in serving Miles City and this region of Montana for the past 80 years. As we enter this academic year, we remain committed to serving you through academic offerings that have direct economic impact for both students and the community and to developing a culture of civic engagement by providing learning opportunities that facilitate an investment in the region. MCC provides a plethora of lifelong learning opportunities; cultural enrichment programing, such as our speakers bureau; and entertainment through our many athletic programs.

In order for MCC to live up to our motto, Start Here… Go Anywhere, we must first analyze what it is we wish to accomplish this year and how we best serve our students. As we continue to see enrollment growth, we must always analyze our relevancy in this region of Montana and realign based on its needs. This will not only provide strong fiscal stewardship but also provide the right programs and services for our students, industry partners, and Custer County District High School.

MCC recently started the year with our annual Convocation, a meeting with all faculty, staff, and student leaders. As President of Miles Community College, I had the honor to provide the State of the College address. In that address, I outlined eight areas of emphasis for this academic year:

— Renew focus on Student Life;

— Continue annual Planning and Assessment of all programs and services;

— Achieve Legislative Success and be seen as a positive educational center and economic driver for this region of Montana;

— Enhance Advising and provide planned Pathways for high school and college students, which will ultimately lead to timely completion and more skilled workers;

— Remain a center for Community Outreach and Workforce Development for Miles City, our neighbors in Colstrip, and our friends in eastern Montana;

— Continue to Prioritize and Align programs and services to meet the needs of our students, remain accountable to our constituents, and support our industry partners;

— Create a sense of Customer Care and an Inclusive living and learning environment for everyone who walks through our doors; and

— Enhance efforts to support Student Success through retention and completion initiatives.

Miles Community College is proud of what we have accomplished over the past five years and we look forward to serving you as we continue to intentionally grow, prioritize, and align new and existing programs. The investment to build the Ag Advancement Center has proven successful, in part through increased enrollment in our Ag and Equine programs. The purchase and renovation of the old Armory into the Workforce Readiness Center benefits students in our Heavy Equipment Operations and CDL training programs. The addition of volleyball has offered more women from Montana the opportunity to play a sport they love and receive an education. If you wish to know more about MCC, check out our new website at and stay tuned for announcements about new academic programs, additions to athletics, dual enrollment, and support services.

On behalf of the MCC Trustees, faculty, staff, and students, I wish you all a great academic year. Go Pioneers!

( Dr. Stacy Klippenstein is the Miles Community College President.)