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The Institute for Educational Opportunities asked Zara Berg, Carlton Nelson and Coulter Wyant to describe their experiences with the the Institute programs. Listen to how Zara, Carlton and Coulter talk about how the Institute programs changed their lives.


Upward Bound Students Excels

The newly elected UB president, Summer Diegel, has also been elected as a national officer for SkillsUSA. Cory Chenoweth believes she said this is the first time that someone from Montana has been elected to national office.

In addition to all of her accolades and accomplishments (was also elected CHS speech and debate captain as a junior, earned her CNA license), this year was particularly momentous for her as it marked the first time someone from her family successfully completed 11th grade.

Summer finished up her SkillsUSA competition in Kansas City on June 23-27, 2014 for the 50th annual National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC), a showcase of career and technical education students.

Juneau Announces 31 New Members to Statewide Student Advisory Board

Helena, MT - Today, Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau announced the addition of 31 new members to her statewide Student Advisory Board. The 2014-2015 board consists of 39 high school students from 34 Montana schools. Read More

The Institute for Educational Opportunities Volunteer Hours

The Institute for Educational Opportunities and its cadre of outreach programs gave 45,900 hours to the Southwest Montana community and beyond.

-Our 17 full time staff members donated 4,235 hours to programs and efforts that were in addition to the regular scope of their position.
-136 Montana Tech faculty donated time to one or more of our programs representing 816 hours.
-270 Montana Tech students donated time to one or more of our programs representing 949 hours.
-89 Montana Tech students donated 300 hours each to AmeriCorps service projects totaling 26,700
-100 volunteers from the community (mostly professionals from STEM disciplines) were recruited and utilized in our outreach efforts representing an additional 12,000 hours.
-600 high school students participating in our college preparatory programs participated in community service projects totaling 1,200 hours.

What is especially unique is all the service hours affiliated with the Institute are hours devoted in enhancing the educational pipeline in Montana. Our work is focused on inspiring students to pursue math and science interests.

Thank you to all who were involved in making this a possibility!