NEW ACADEMIC PROGRAM PROPOSAL SUMMARY
Montana State University – Billings
Construction Technology – Carpentry AAS
1. How does the program advance the campus’ academic mission and fit priorities?
The mission of the Montana State University-Billings College of Technology is to be the College of
first choice, dedicated to the development of workforce capacity by providing top quality learning
opportunities and services to meet a variety of career choices and customer needs by being
responsive, flexible, and market-driven. Construction has been one of Montana's fastest growing
industries, consistently outpacing the state's overall employment growth. The development of a
Construction Technology -- Carpentry Program will provide significant opportunities for the COT to
meet critical local and regional workforce training needs.
The Construction Technology-Carpentry Program will provide students with an opportunity to engage
in both classroom work as well as application-based, hands-on learning. The program will be
developed in accordance with the National Center for Construction and Education Research
(NCCER) nationally accredited standards. This effort will be coordinated with the Montana
Contractor's Association and local and regional industry. In addition, the MSU-Billings COT will be
working with the UM-Missoula COT to develop a standardized NCCER based Carpentry program that
is accredited by NCCER and that the program is fully articulated.
This proposal fits the MSU-B COT's mission very well, as it has been done to enable the College to
be responsive to a significant workforce need.
2. How does this program fit the Board of Regents’ goals and objectives?
The proposed Construction Technology - Carpentry AAS program will support: Goal B1, which is to
identify or seek creative funding alternatives that will expand public and private colleges; Goal D1, 3,
& 4 to offer programs and services consistent with the spec