Leaders of Helena's 2 colleges outline plans for coming year

The heads of Helena’s two colleges told a grassroots group of their plans for the coming year, touting programs, praising students, and, when asked, responded to a question from a lawmaker as to how the state could help colleges.

Sandra Bauman, dean and executive officer of Helena College and John Cech, president of Carroll College, spoke Thursday to Hometown Helena, offering details about their campuses.

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

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Helena College, a two-year school, is part of the University of Montana system and offers degree and non-degree options and 25 academic programs, Bauman said, adding it has two campuses — one on Roberts Street and the other that adjoins the Helena Regional Airport.

The college has 1,500 students taking academic courses and another 900 taking community education courses, she said, adding preliminary numbers say enrollment is up 3%, but could change.

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Helena College also has 80 permanent and 80 temporary employees.

She said the college recently launched a banking fundamentals program in

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