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What   Is   the   Institute   for   Educational   Opportunities?

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The Institute for Educational Opportunities is a consortium of programs developed to provide K-12 and college students with the tools and support they need to achieve success in higher education.

Since 1994, the Institute has helped more than a third of all students from Southwest Montana prepare to succeed in higher education. Its programs range from courses that introduce elementary students to science, math and technology to professional development services for teachers.

The Institute focuses on students who show high aptitude in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and pairs them with programs that meet their individual needs. Students enrolled in Institute programs are given one-on-one attention and support, ensuring that they receive the tools they need to achieve their dreams.

As part of its commitment to student success, the Institute offers programs to help teachers. A number of professional courses and other resources are available to teachers interested in adding more challenging rigor to their curriculum.

Conveniently located in the Health Sciences Building on the Montana Tech campus, the Institute’s resources are available to those interested in supporting lifelong learning for Montana students.

How   Can   the   Institute   for   Educational   Opportunities   Help   Me?

The Institute for Educational Opportunities offers a comprehensive array of programs for students and teachers. The Institute’s efforts are designed to build on strengths in mathematics, engineering, sciences, technology and environmental restoration while making use of existing resources. Institute staff are committed to student success. As such, students are matched with programs that meet their individual needs. There is no “one-size-fits-all” approach to student support.

Teachers interested in challenging their students by integrating more inquiry and rigor can also turn to the Institute for support. There are a number of professional development resources available to help those teachers who wish to empower their students with the tools they need to succeed in college.

In addition, Institute programs provide a number of opportunities for students and teachers to interact with the scientists and engineers of Montana Tech. From program-sponsored field trips on campus to community events, students interested in STEM programs have a range of opportunities where they can learn more about their fields of interest.

How   Can   I   Support   the   Institute   for   Educational   Opportunities?

There are a number of ways that individuals and organizations can support the Institute for Educational Opportunities.

Donate. Financial contributions help the Institute operate programs that benefit our communities. Donations can be made to the Montana Tech Foundation with a designation to the Institute for Educational Opportunities at

Notify the Institute about programming opportunities. Have you heard about a new program that would benefit Montana students? If so, let the Institute know. Staff members are always seeking new ways to provide students and teachers with the tools they need to succeed in education.

Continue to encourage your legislators to support grant money. Grant support is critical to the Institute’s success. Call or write your legislators to remind them that grant money is important for the programs that help make a difference in people’s lives.

Look for collaborative partnerships. Connecting students and teachers with the resources that will help them succeed is a big part of what the Institute does. Do you know of a business or organization with which the program should consider partnering? If so, let the Institute know. Go to and click on Contact.

Volunteer. Institute volunteers are the lifeline for helping the programs to support students and teachers. The Institute regularly seeks volunteers for a number of programs. Visit and click on Jobs and Volunteer opportunities to learn about current volunteering needs.