people of all ages taking classes with the goal of learning and growing and has become a motto of sorts at Helena College. From mastering Spanish, German, or French, to learning how to play the ukulele, build knives or enhance computer skills, evening classes are often available so that those with daytime obligations have the chance to continue their education as well. The program also helps those in need of job-specific certifications and recertifications, and offers work-based learning programs like Helena WINS (Workforce Innovation Networks), an initiative connecting pathways for students where local businesses partner with education to provide the community with qualified workers. With Helena College’s low 13:1 student-to-faculty ratio comes a greater emphasis on individualized learning. Teachers get to know their students, offering direct assistance and support, a huge boon to a thorough education. Sandra Bauman, Associate Dean of Academic and Student Affairs, believes in strategic enrollment planning which involves close and careful examination of both internal and external data, i.e., workforce development and student retention and progression in order to determine optimal enrollment guidance and consistent communication with the student population to improve their overall experience which will, in turn, add to their overall success. She says that ‘one-size-fits-all’ does not apply to education, and believes each student deserves to have an education that is tailored to meet their needs. Selena Goddard, a 19-year-old student, says, “I chose Helena College because it’s a school designed for full-time students and working adults. I also chose to enroll in two different programs at the same time, medical assisting and legal assisting, because I couldn’t decide and the courses were affordable and the class schedules so flexible that I was able to do that. Every class was offered at multiple times and in different ways, whether online, in class, or hybrids. They are really respectful of their students’ time and money.” One-Two-Free is a program that started in the fall of 2018 where high school students can take their first two classes free, up to 6 credits at participating colleges and Helena College is one of them. The classes can be on-campus, online, or even in the high school. The goal is to increase access to
higher education so students can explore a wide range of academic courses. After that, the student pays a discounted dual enrollment tuition rate. And, of course, the facility also has a financial aid department ready and willing to help. It also features a Small Business Development Center for entrepreneurs who want to learn about starting a business or growing one, further facilitating and propelling Helena's growth. But students don’t have to stay in Helena thanks to the Study Abroad program which encourages international travel. Students have the chance to see the world and experience new cultures as part of their scholastic journey. Helena College welcomes all learners. The staff and faculty go out of their way to nurture and inspire students to reach their potential, explore new heights, grow and soar. n
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