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Gallatin County voters pass mill levy to support one and two-year education
Gallatin County voters approved a mill levy on Tuesday that will enable Gallatin College Montana State University to provide the county's citizens with more educational opportunities in the years to come.
"We are so grateful to the voters of Gallatin County for supporting this mill levy," said Bob Hietala, dean of Gallatin College MSU. "The vote indicates that our community sees great value in two-year education and understands the critical role that Gallatin College MSU plays in educating our citizens and building our local workforce."
The annual amount raised by the county-wide 1.5 mills is projected to be $369,856, and the impact on property owners will be $2.08 annually per $100,000 in assessed property value. Funds will be used to support comprehensive two-year education in Gallatin County, including the creation of a number of additional workforce-related one and two-year programs at Gallatin College MSU. Programs that are being planned include small business management, advanced manufacturing and machining, IT support technician, culinary arts and more than 20 other programs in healthcare, business, hospitality, technology and manufacturing industries.
"Gallatin College MSU is designed to help students succeed, with high-quality instruction, small class sizes and out-of-class academic support," Hietala said. "In addition, it's a very flexible and affordable option for students seeking higher education, and we are confident that offering additional programs will benefit many people in our community."
In 2013, Gallatin College MSU's total enrollment was about 1,000 students, with 300 of those students seeking degrees. With the passage of the mill levy, Hietala expects that hundreds more students annually will benefit from additional offerings at Gallatin College MSU.
Hietala added that before the mill levy passed, Gallatin was the only county in Montana with an established comprehensive two-year college that did not levy at least 1.5 mills for local two-year education.
In addition to voters, Hietala thanked Gallatin College MSU faculty and staff, community and business leaders across the county and colleagues at MSU that supported the initiative.
"The passing of the county-wide mill levy is an important endorsement of the plan to fully develop Gallatin College MSU as our comprehensive two-year college. The faculty and staff of the college are excited to continue this important work," Hietala said.
Gallatin College MSU is a comprehensive two-year college that offers associate degrees and one-year professional certificates. It is designed to complement MSU's existing four-year programs to fulfill the community's workforce development needs and prepare students to transfer to four-year degree programs. Gallatin College MSU also offers developmental coursework in math and writing, as well as dual enrollment courses in association with local high schools. More information about Gallatin College MSU is available online at http://gallatin.montana.edu/, by calling 994-5536 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or by visiting Gallatin College MSU in 101 Hamilton Hall on the MSU campus.