Education

MSU Suicide Summit

A suicide prevention task force said there’s been a significant increase in the use of mental health services among college students, but the campuses don’t have the resources to meet the demand.

The Montana Board of Regents heard the report at its September meeting at City College in Billings. After hearing the report, the regents told campus leaders they want to campuses to act.

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Some members of the public called on the Board of Regents to give MSU Billings more autonomy in what programs it offers.

Higher education officials say they’re listening. As proof, they point to approval of an expanded nursing program in Billings after hearing other public comments strongly supporting the addition.

Montana State University Billings

The Montana Board of Regents is poised to approve a proposal to help nurses with an associate degree (ASN) earn their bachelor of science nurse degree (BSN).

David Trost, president and CEO of St. John’s Lutheran Ministries in Billings, says registered nurses with an ASN have the skills to be excellent nurses.

He says the additional education helps with the transformation taking place in health care.

Jackie Yamanaka

About a half-dozen Montana high school students are preparing to fabricate a part that will eventually end up flying on the International Space Station.

The students at Billings Career Center are part of a partnership called “High Schools United with NASA to Create Hardware” or HUNCH.  The students create hardware, software, and other goods for astronauts.

With college classes underway, an attorney will review criminal and college disciplinary actions surrounding cases of sexual assault and harassment during a September 10, 2016 speech in Billings.

Martha Sheehy, also a member of the Montana Board of Regents, says Title IX has been at the heart of a debate on how to protect women on campus with respect to sexual assault and harassment.

Jackie Yamanaka

 

  A state initiative to encourage more high school students enrolled in dual credit courses means more educators are needed to teach those classes.

This week, the Bullock administration and higher education officials announced a pilot program spearheaded by Montana State University Billings will allow Billings students enroll in dual credit courses for free for the coming academic year. The pilot project is called High School Connections.

   A new pilot program will allow high school students in Billings to earn credits toward high school graduation and for college for free.

The project is called High School Connections. It was spearheaded by Montana State University Billings.

Commissioner of Higher Education Clayton Christian says even though Billings has the most students in the state, it has a fairly low participation rate in dual enrollment. He says officials are wondering why. Are their barriers? Is it cost?

Jackie Yamanaka

Yellowstone County Commissioner Bill Kennedy is retiring at the end of July to become the new president and CEO of the Montana State University Billings Foundation.  

Kennedy will remain on the Yellowstone County Commission until July 30, 2016.

He says he is committed to helping craft “a solid budget” for Yellowstone County before he starts his new position.

Jackie Yamanaka

Billings Senior High School will soon award a varsity letter in Science.

Several school officials say the letter in science is the first of its kind in the state.

There are several components to earning that letter. “Part of that is tied to their grades, classes that they take, and their community involvement in STEM related things,” says Craig Beals, chemistry teacher and faculty advisor to the Senior High STEM Society.

STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. 

Jackie Yamanaka

200 elementary school children have signed up to learn more about energy and engineering tomorrow in Billings.

Industry representatives will be leading hands-on activities while members of Billings Senior High’s STEM Society will be there to mentor the K-through-6th graders.

“I’m giving up my Saturday because I have a younger sister and she got really excited when they started having these STEM Saturday’s,” says Junior Grace Ostermiller.

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

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