Helena College reports 6% increase in enrollment, dean says

Helena College University of Montana is reporting a 6% increase in enrollment this year, its dean and chief executive officer said.

Sandra Bauman said the headcount number is 1,479, which is the highest enrollment since 2018. Classes began Aug. 28.

“It’s really, really good,” Bauman told members of Hometown Helena, a grassroots civic group, on Thursday. She said all of the college’s trade programs are full.

Sandra Bauman, dean and chief executive officer of Helena College.


Bauman said contractors are in the painting stage of construction to the cosmetology space and classes will officially start in January, adding there is a lot of interest in the program. She said there are 30 people enrolled in related general education classes to help get them in the door.

The college’s cosmetology program will be the first public program in the state and the first to offer an associate degree. Classes will begin in January. The program can be completed in four semesters and/or 15 months, college officials say.

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