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Message from the Dean 

The students are studying hard, the faculty and staff are focused on student success and the new building is taking shape. As dean, I get a great deal of joy by leaving my office and becoming inspired by their courage and work ethic. So many of our students have overcome great challenges to be here, and learning about them is a source of motivation and inspiration. 

I spend an equal amount of time out of the building meeting with representatives in private industry and listening to their needs. Primarily, I spend my time asking for partnership. We are vitally dependent on private industry to guide our understanding of the skills and knowledge our graduates need to excel in the workforce. 

Shannon O'Brien

It is my goal that our students can find work in the state they love after they graduate. It is my goal that employers fill positions with local talent up to the task. Let's work together to train the people we have, to do the work they love. As many of you have likely heard, enrollment is down. I see this as a moment of opportunity to ensure that we continue to provide the services our students need in the fields we know are high need, specifically the health care, building construction, culinary arts, and hospitality fields. In the coming months we are poised to make changes that will affect strategic growth and will make a degree from Missoula College more valuable than ever. 

Finally, I want to thank our faculty and staff for the time they spend in and out of the classroom creating opportunities for our students. It is their work on the ground, in boardrooms, and at job sites that keeps us nimble and responsive to the needs of the workforce. Let them help you decide your tomorrow.

Shannon O'Brien



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