- Category: Features
- Published: Monday, 20 April 2009 09:36
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At a time when economic turmoil is posing an uncertain future for many people, there is evidence that more so than at any time before in its 40 year history, the College of Technology is serving an important role in the community.
Celebrating its 40th anniversary this week, COT, part of Montana State University-Billings, has long been an important factor in helping prepare Montanans for the future, while at the same time bolstering the strength of local business by providing a well-trained work force.
A recent up tick in enrollment which reverses past trends, seems to indicate that people are once more turning to the ever-advancing institution for the training and education they anticipate needing during this time of upheaval, reported John Cech, Dean of COT. Last fall the college saw, for the first time, a dip in enrollment, only to see an increase this spring, said Cech. Always before, fall enrollment has been greater than spring enrollment, explained Cech, who credits the sudden change in traditional trends to the changed economy which is prompting people “to re-tool and retrain.”
COT is one of six colleges that comprise MSU. It was started in 1969 when the Montana State Legislature created the Billings Vocation-Technical Education Center under the auspices of the Billings School District, to serve adult post-secondary technical training. In 1987, the legislature shifted the institution to become part of the university system, administered by the Board of Regents. The “vo-tech” center then merged with Montana State University-Billings, in 1994.