The Bitterroot College has grown faster than almost anyone expected. And the program is faced with a challenge.
In its initial year - 2009 - the Hamilton-based school offered six college courses to 29 students.
This fall, the program expects to enroll 200 students in 35 courses, according to BCP interim director Victoria Clark.
That would've been difficult with the current two classrooms. So, the community college's parent, the University of Montana, has leased another 3,300 square feet in the Ravalli Entrepeneurship Center, where the college has been since its inception.
Clark said the new space would allow them to have a dedicated computer classroom, a science laboratory and a lecture room.
However, to equip those new rooms, about $50,000 in equipment and furniture is needed and private support will be necessary, she said. Inidividuals or businesses who make gifts at certain levels will have the opportunity to name the rooms in the college. The donations would be tax deductible.
Board chairman John Robinson said, "We're eager to grow and continue to provide additional services to our students."
For more information call Victoria Clark at (406) 375-0100 or e-mail: victoria.clark@umontana.edu