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adding an AAS in computer programming and a CTS in medical scribe. The health informatics and radiologic technology assistant programs recently were placed into moratorium. The college offers developmental education coursework to upgrade math, reading, and writing skills; schedules lifelong learning and community enrichment programming to teach new skills, support hobbies, or allow for career exploration; and provides customized and contracted workforce training to support the economic development of northcentral Montana. GFC MSU also is recognized as a trans-border welding testing facility, allowing Canadian and American welders to complete certification testing without traveling to Alberta. GFC MSU is an important employer in the Great Falls region. At this writing, the college employs 84 full-time administrative and support staff, 49 full-time faculty, 3 part-time faculty, and 74 adjunct faculty. Of these, more than 85% live in the service area. The college is itself a large-scale buyer of goods and services. According to an economic impact study by EMSI, in FY 2012-2013 the college spent $9.8 million on payroll and another $11.2 million on day-to-day operations. The net impact of this spending was approximately $13.7 million in added regional income. Thirty faculty and adjunct faculty members hold advanced credentials and certifications, including 16 who have doctorate degrees. More than 100 full- and part-time faculty and adjuncts hold Montana OPI Class 1, 2, 3, 4, or 8 licenses, allowing them to teach dual credit courses. That number is higher than on any other campus in Montana. As a result, the college has been able to develop and pilot innovative programs such as a dual credit welding cohort that allows high school students to complete the Certificate of Applied Science in Welding and Fabrication Technology during their senior year of high school. Many of the faculty engage in research activities and supervise important grants that support cutting-edge advancements in science and technical education. GFC MSU has expanded STEAM, creating new arts, humanities, advanced mathematics and science courses to support transfer in engineering, technology and the fine arts. This has allowed for the creation of new articulations such as a 1 + 3 transfer option to Montana State University in nine engineering fields. Since 2014, GFC MSU has been part of the Montana Space Grant Consortium (MSGC), a NASA-supported organization that supports STEM education in the state. During this time, the MSGC has awarded approximately $30,000 to GFC MSU students, faculty, and staff in the form of scholarships, research and supply grants, and more. The Great Falls College MSU Community Choir has been invited to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City in May 2016. Great Falls College MSU is committed to fostering innovative, flexible learning opportunities for people of all ages, backgrounds, and aspirations, and to contributing to the stability and economic growth of the Great Falls community. The college efficiently provides programs and services for students with funding from state appropriations, federal grants, and student tuition and fees. Students at GFC MSU received more than 300 scholarships in 2014-15 totaling more than $465,000. Scholarships were received from institutional, local, state, and out-of-state resources. Great Falls College Montana State University 2
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