Apr 25, 2018  
2015-2016 Academic Catalog 
2015-2016 Academic Catalog Archived Catalog

Mission, Operations, Facilities


Community colleges are the embodiment of the nation’s democratic ideal of opportunity for all and are dedicated to the belief that free citizens succeed through access, effort and ability. Flathead Valley Community College fulfills that democratic ideal of opportunity through a philosophy of providing open-door admissions, education in the local community at an affordable cost, continued assistance and guidance to students and commitment to the comprehensive community college concept.

Flathead Valley Community College, as an integral part of the community it serves, works as a partner with local governments, businesses, industries and other educational providers to promote economic, cultural and social development.

The Flathead Valley Community College Board of Trustees is committed to bringing together the resources necessary to implement these ideals for the people of Flathead and Lincoln counties and Northwest Montana.


Flathead Valley Community College promotes excellence in lifelong learning, focusing on student success and community needs.

Core Themes

FVCC has identified four core themes that individually manifest essential elements of its mission. Each element serves as an important component of lifelong learning. Collectively, the core themes encompass lifelong learning, supporting FVCC’s role as a comprehensive community college.

The four core themes are

  1. Transfer preparation;
  2. Workforce preparation;
  3. Developmental education; and
  4. Community education.

About FVCC

Flathead Valley Community College (FVCC) is located in the northwest corner of Montana and is surrounded by pristine alpine lakes and rivers and panoramic views of Glacier National Park and the spectacular Rocky Mountains. Established in 1967, FVCC is the largest of Montana’s three comprehensive two-year public community colleges. The main campus, located in Kalispell, and the Extended Learning Division, housed in Libby, serve a population of over 110,000 distributed over 5.6 million acres, an area larger than the state of Massachusetts. Both campuses provide maximum access for students with disabilities.

Accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, FVCC prides itself on providing the value of a private education at an affordable cost. The college excels in preparing students to transfer to colleges and universities in Montana and beyond through its highly qualified faculty and offerings of Associate of Arts and Associate of Science two-year degrees. FVCC also offers Associate of Applied Science degrees and certificates in over 50 career and technical fields that prepare students to enter rewarding careers immediately following graduation.

FVCC provides opportunities for area high school students to enroll in dual-credit courses through the Running Start program, for individuals seeking advanced degrees through partnerships with Montana four-year colleges and universities and for community members of all ages through affordable and enriching non-credit classes.

During fiscal year 2014, FVCC awarded 1,778 students $11,891,296 in financial assistance. The college maintains a small classroom environment with the average student to faculty ratio of 18 to one, enabling faculty to provide personalized attention to every student.


On April 1, 1967, the voters of Flathead County approved the creation of a community college district in accordance with Montana laws pertaining to community colleges. In 1983, the voters of Lincoln County agreed to create a community college service region of FVCC to serve the residents of Lincoln County. In 1985, the Lincoln County Campus was accredited by the Northwest Association of schools and colleges as an extension campus.

Following the successful bond election in 1988 to construct a new campus, the Kalispell Campus was dedicated in fall 1990. In 2001, the college acquired an additional 48 acres adjacent to its present site.

In May 2001, FVCC’s Lincoln County Campus acquired the United States Forest Service building in Libby and moved to its new 27,400 square-foot facility. The facility was dedicated in January 2002.

With the successful passage of a $15.8 million bond election in December 2002, FVCC’s Kalispell Campus responded to record enrollments by planning to construct three new buildings. In September 2004, Lincoln County Campus opened the RUS Distance Learning Classroom and Lab, expanding educational opportunities to students in Eureka and Troy.

In September 2005, the college broke ground on three new buildings: Occupational Trades Building completed in January 2007; Arts and Technology Building completed in August 2007; and Early Childhood Center completed in January 2008.

In January 2006, the college completed a land transaction, trading 25 acres of its northernmost property for 109 acres, a payment of $300,000 and an additional $250,000 for easements. The transaction nearly doubled the size of the Kalispell campus from 109 acres to 209 acres. Another seven-acre parcel was added in 2010, increasing the total campus acreage to 216.

In 2011, the FVCC Foundation received a $4 million gift from the Broussard family to construct a new nursing and health science building in memory of Rebecca Chaney Broussard, a former nurse and philanthropist. With the help of the FVCC and greater community, the FVCC Foundation raised the additional $1 million needed to complete the construction of the building. In April 2013, the college dedicated the Rebecca Chaney Broussard Center for Nursing and Health Science, the first privately-funded building on the FVCC campus.

In 2013, FVCC accepted a 27-acre donation of land on Foothill Road valued at $420,000 from an anonymous resident in Bigfork. The property, which borders Montana State Trust Land and is close to the Jewel Basin hiking area, was given to the college to be used for educational purposes, including instruction, research and activities consistent with FVCC’s mission.


Flathead Valley Community College is governed by a seven-member Board of Trustees. The trustees are elected by the citizens of Flathead County. Members serve three-year terms on a rotating basis with elections held yearly on the Tuesday following the first Monday in May. The trustees are charged with the primary responsibilities of setting college policies and selecting a president to administer the operations of the institution.

FVCC operates under the general supervision of the Montana University System’s Board of Regents.


All Funds

Flathead Valley Community College receives funding from federal, state and local sources. The total budget authority is based on projected student enrollments and determined according to a formula. State of Montana appropriations, state and federal grants and local sources (i.e. county taxes, student tuition and other income) provide funding for FVCC.

Continuing Education

Non-credit continuing education classes and activities are self-supportive. Student and participant fees are used to pay the salaries of instructors. A $1 million dollar adult education levy supplies overhead costs for non-credit programming in Flathead and Lincoln counties.


Flathead Valley Community College is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, and is reviewed on a 7-year cycle. The last comprehensive review and reaffirmation occurred in Spring of 2012.

Four FVCC Career and Technical programs have been awarded specialized accreditations.

  1. Surgical Technology AAS is accredited through the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs (CAAHEP), in cooperation with the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC-STSA).
  2. Medical Assistant AAS is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Curriculum Review board of the American Association of Medical Assistants Endowment (AAMAE).
  3. Paramedicine AAS is accredited through the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions through the Commission of Accreditation of Allied Health Education.
  4. Physical Therapist Assistant AAS is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education.

Three FVCC Career and Technical programs have been approved by State Boards.

  1. Surveying AAS has been approved by the Montana State Board of Professional Land Surveyors.
  2. Practical Nursing AAS has been approved by the Montana State Board of Nursing. Graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN).
  3. Registered Nursing ASN has been approved by the Montana State Board of Nursing. Graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN).

FVCC is an Accredited Test Facility for the American Welding Society (AWS ATF).


FVCC is an institutional member of various organizations, including American Association of Community Colleges, Association of Community College Trustees, Montana Association of Community College Trustees, Mountain States Association of Community Colleges, Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, Kalispell Chamber of Commerce, Columbia Falls Chamber of Commerce, Bigfork Chamber of Commerce, Whitefish Chamber of Commerce, Lakeside and Somers Chamber of Commerce, Libby Area Chamber of Commerce, and Eureka Chamber of Commerce.


Flathead County Campus

Flathead Valley Community College, situated on 216 acres, provides students an outstanding education in cutting-edge facilities. Architecture for the campus emphasizes the natural beauty of the surrounding area with panoramic views of Glacier National Park, Whitefish Mountain Resort at Big Mountain and the expansive Columbia Mountain Range.

In marked contrast to its breathtaking surroundings, the campus provides students with an intimate educational environment. Individual classrooms were strategically planned for approximately 30 students to continue the college’s tradition of small classes and personalized attention. Classrooms and labs are integrated throughout the campus and situated within close proximity to faculty offices.

The campus provides maximum access for persons with disabilities throughout its facilities.

Blake Hall (BH)

Blake Hall serves as the college’s administration building. The building is home to the Eagle’s Nest Cafe, Campus Grounds and the FVCC Bookstore. In addition to accessing information about FVCC and its numerous student services, students can register for classes, pay their bills, purchase books and supplies, grab a cup of coffee or a bite to eat, or join intramurals, service learning or other extracurricular activities. Student Government and the student lounge are conveniently located between the Eagle’s Nest Cafe and bookstore.

Learning Resource Center (LRC)

A wide variety of support services are available to students in the Learning Resource Center, including tutoring, academic/career/transfer/personal counseling and job placement. In addition to classrooms, the LRC houses the Library, Media Center, Adult Basic Education (ABE) program office, math and language arts lab, Carl Perkins and TRIO programs, the Teaching Excellence Center, and the Veterans’ Center.

Business and Social Science (BSS)

State-of-the-art computer labs are located in the BSS building. Linked together by one central file server, the labs provide classroom instruction in a variety of computer programming and applications courses as well as internet courses. The building also houses classrooms, two ITV classrooms, faculty offices for business and social science programs, University of Great Falls programs and The Scholars Program.

Ross Hall (RH)

Integrated with their respective classrooms, newly remodeled science laboratories in Ross Hall provide students with hands-on, cutting-edge, interactive learning experiences. Math and Science division faculty offices are also housed in the building.

Occupational Trades (OT)

The OT building provides students with a fully-equipped environment for hands-on training and learning. The building is home to trades programs, including electrical; nondestructive testing; manufacturing, metal fabrication and woods products; heating, ventilation and air conditioning; welding; boiler operations; heavy equipment operations and maintenance; industrial technology computer numerical control (CNC); and cabinet and furniture technology. The building is equipped with six shop bays, classrooms, a computer lab, student resource area and student conference room.

Arts and Technology (AT)

The AT building provides additional classroom space with state-of-the-art technology. The facility houses one large and two small community meeting rooms with cutting-edge technologies for workforce training and student instruction. It also contains a fully-equipped instructional kitchen for The Culinary Institute of Montana and a black box instructional theatre with seating to accommodate up to 200 people for the theatre arts program. The facility is home to all of the college’s art classes, the FVCC Student Art Gallery, and the Continuing Education Center. The AT building also houses faculty offices for the Humanities division.

Early Childhood Center (ECC)

The Early Childhood Center is a 7,140 square-foot, state-of-the-art development center that serves as a learning lab for FVCC students pursuing careers in early childhood education, elementary education, psychology, human services and social work. The curriculum that is used was developed in conjunction with the college’s Early Childhood Education program and is taught by highly-qualified teachers. The Center is open to infants, toddlers and preschool-aged children. Registration is by appointment only and can be done by calling (406) 756-3991. For more information, see Campus Childcare .

Rebecca Chaney Broussard Center for Nursing and Health Science (BC)

The Rebecca Chaney Broussard Center for Nursing and Health Science is the newest facility on the FVCC campus and is the college’s first privately-funded building. The 33,000 square-foot facility is home to the college’s practical nursing, registered nursing, paramedicine, emergency management, physical therapist assistant, surgical technology, and medical assistant programs. The building also houses the college’s Student Health Clinic, which provides affordable basic health care services for FVCC students.

Maintenance Storage

The Maintenance Storage building, a 10,000 square-foot facility, houses the Maintenance and Custodial Department and is also used for general campus storage.

Student Housing

Flathead Valley Community College offers limited student housing. The Spruce Wood Apartments, located approximately one mile from campus, consist of units for single students (two full-time students per unit)*. Each of the 15 two-bedroom apartments includes free internet and television access and is furnished with a refrigerator, stove and oven.

     *Full-time is defined as 12 or more credits per semester, including summer.

Additionally, FVCC maintains a housing list that is updated weekly. To obtain a student housing application or current housing list, call (406) 756-3942 or visit the Admissions Office in Blake Hall or www.fvcc.edu/housing.html

Lincoln County Campus (LCC)

The Lincoln County Campus of FVCC, located in Libby, provides access to the beautiful Cabinet Mountains, alpine lakes, and the famous Koocanusa Reservoir. The facility is home to LCC’s administrative offices, nine classrooms, an art lab, science lab and three computer laboratories in addition to the Glacier Bank Adult Basic Education Learning Center and the Academic Reinforcement Center. The single-story, remodeled building is accessible to persons with disabilities and provides a comfortable, pleasant learning environment. LCC offers students a variety of ways to earn a degree or certificate. Students may opt to (1) attend live-site classes in Libby and Troy, (2) take online classes, and/or (3) take courses via interactive teleconferencing.

Lincoln County Library

The Lincoln County Library serves as a resource center for the Lincoln County Campus. The library has an extensive collection of books and periodicals available to students and is connected electronically with a network of university libraries providing extraordinary access to academic data.

Lincoln County Academic Reinforcement Center

Free tutorial services are available to all students enrolled at the Lincoln County Campus. A full-time professional tutor provides individual or small group instruction on most course offerings. Research tools such as style guides and internet access are available in a modern computer lab with seven workstations.