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

Continuing Education Center

Quality lifelong learning opportunities for anyone seeking personal enrichment and enhanced employment skills.

Susie Burch, Executive Director
Economic Development & Continuing Education
Arts and Technology Bldg., Room 215
(406) 756-3832

At every stage and any age, lifelong learners want education for information, enjoyment, advancement, and fulfillment. Those intriguing and engaging lifelong learning opportunities are waiting at FVCC’s Continuing Education Center.  Our Lincoln County campus also offers many Continuing Education opportunities that are scheduled separately.

The following programs are all part of the Continuing Education Center in Kalispell and at our Lincoln County Campus in Libby:

  • Non-Credit Classes*
  • Online Non-Credit Classes
  • Business and Workforce Training*
  • Entrepreneurship Center*
  • Small Business Development Center
  • Customized Workforce Training*
  • Montana Superhost
  • Kid’s College
  • Professional Development*
  • Teacher Renewal Units*
  • Summer Gunsmithing Program

* Programs available at the Lincoln County Campus

The Continuing Education Center serves non-traditional students in ways that are different from the structure of regular college credit classes. FVCC’s non-credit programs and activities are offered to everyone, regardless of educational level. The emphasis is on quality instructors who are anxious to share information about their areas of expertise.

To find out what is currently being offered in Kalispell:

Email: ceinfo@fvcc.edu
Call: (406) 756-3832
Visit Online:


To find out what is currently being offered in Libby:

Jan Meadows, Coordinator
Continuing Education - Extended Learning Division
Lincoln County Campus - Libby, MT
225 Commerce Way
(406) 293-2721 ext. 235

Non-Credit Classes

FVCC’s non-credit courses are designed for learners of all ages. Courses have been developed to enhance the cultural, social and economic well-being of the community. A variety of non-credit classes are available to choose from whether you want to improve your technology skills with Microsoft Office programs, QuickBooks or Web design; boost your job skills with supervisory, communication, business or certification training; be creative with painting, beading, photography; or just have fun with art, dance, history, fitness, or recreation classes.

Continuing Education provides a variety of quality, lifelong learning opportunities at an affordable price. The instructors are dedicated and caring members of the community who are knowledgeable and enthusiastic about their subject matter. Non-credit programs are conveniently scheduled to meet the needs of the casual learner.

Online Non-Credit Classes

Online classes are engaging. Classes are offered on a variety of subjects from computers to business administration to writing and language. Students can choose from nearly 300 course listings that have been carefully engineered to provide quick and easy access at times convenient to the learner.

  • Classes start every month
  • Convenient - learn at home or at work
  • Lessons are available on Wednesdays and Fridays
  • Classes accessed over the Internet anytime - day or night
  • Most classes are 6-8 weeks long and do not require textbooks

Business and Workforce Training

Attend workshops and short courses each semester to upgrade and expand skills that may include business development, basic to advanced computing, career transition, customer service, web page design, financial statements, communications, leadership, management or supervision, non-profit development, industry certifications and more.

Entrepreneurship Center

FVCC’s Entrepreneurship Center fosters the development of the entrepreneurial mindset through courses and community events. The Center also helps entrepreneurs and start-up businesses navigate the resources available to them.

Small Business Development Center

FVCC serves as the host agency for the Northwest Montana Small Business Development Center (SBDC). The Center assists existing and start-up businesses with counseling, education and resources needed to succeed in today’s market. For a full description of services, please visit businessresources.mt.gov/programs/SBDC/kalispell.

Customized Workforce Training

We can bring one of our workshops to your business or custom design a training program to help you and your staff achieve specific business goals. Usually a short phone conversation is all it will take to evaluate your needs and determine your options. Meeting or retreat facilitation and strategic planning are also available.

Montana Superhost

Through a contract with the Montana Office of Tourism, FVCC’s Continuing Education Center coordinates Montana’s statewide Superhost customer service seminars. These community sessions, online training, and webinars are normally free of charge for tourism-related businesses and organizations across Montana. Please visit www.montanasuperhost.com for more information.

Kid’s College

Kid’s College is lots of fun! Hands-on activities encourage children to explore, discover and learn by actually doing. The teaching staff provides extraordinary summer learning opportunities that stimulate creative minds, build healthy bodies and challenge adventurous souls.

Professional Development

The Continuing Education Center can also help sponsor and coordinate Continuing Education Units and other certifications for professional development. Managers, supervisors, bankers, administrators and other professionals can be provided with a record of completed continuing education programs.

Teacher Renewal Units

Special workshops of interest to educators are offered with approval from the Office of Public Instruction for teacher renewal units throughout the year.

Conference Hosting

Let us assist you with your conference registration. Our experienced staff can provide quality assistance to coordinate registration and related services for you.

Summer Gunsmithing Program

We offer an NRA-approved, short-term summer gunsmithing program, which promotes sportsmanship and craftmanship.  Our instructors, many with nationwide expertise, offer a wide array of course topics in a convenient one-week format.