Office of the Chancellor

Donald Blackketter

blackketterWelcome to Butte, Montana and Montana Tech, an extraordinary university that attracts students from around the world, the U.S., and Montana.

Montana Tech continues to provide exceptional value and education for our students. In fact, a group called EDsmart recently published a report entitled the “Top 40 Colleges Advancing America’s Economic Progress.” This report ranked all U.S. universities, large and small, on the basis of social economic mobility. Specifically, it looked at which universities are doing the best job in helping students, from all income brackets, move toward prosperity. The rankings were based on early median career salary, tuition/fees, percentage of graduating students and percentage of low income students. Montana Tech is proud to be recognized as the number one university in the U.S. in helping students advance their own and America’s economic progress.

Why is this?

The first thing I think of are our extraordinary program offerings in areas of study that are relevant, discipline-rigorous, focused, and poised for the future. Every degree offered at Tech positions our graduates to be prepared for the future. Looking broadly, areas of study around health, the environment, natural resources, science, engineering, safety, business, and technical communications are all examples of national need which in the future will only increase in demand. Second, I think of our outstanding faculty and staff that are personally invested in mentoring our students to grow personally, professionally, and serve as examples. Faculty build on our students’ natural work ethic to become leaders around the world and, just as important, in our communities. Lastly, our low tuition and financial aid opportunities make it possible for almost any student with a willingness to work hard to attend Tech and be successful. Last year the Montana Tech Foundation awarded nearly $1.7 million in scholarships while Tech provided another $1.5 million in waivers, WUE’s, and scholarships.

If you are a veteran, Tech is a great choice. For the fifth year in a row, Montana Tech received the designation for being a Military Friendly School. This recognition is reserved for the top 20 percent of colleges, universities, and trade schools that best embrace America’s military service members and veterans as students.

Montana Tech recently opened a new laboratory building on campus. The Natural Resource Research Center (NRRC) will house engineering and safety labs, collaborative learning space, and research labs for safety, reservoir engineering, and nano-technology. This new facility will be a magnet for students, faculty and staff.

This past year has also seen enhancements to our curriculum offerings. The Montana Board of Regents recently approved a Bachelor of Science in Nursing that replaces the previous Associates degree, a minor in Natural Resource Land Management for our business program, and degree status for Mechanical and Civil Engineering. These new programs were needed and enhance our already outstanding offerings.

The future is bright for Montana Tech. Please know you are welcome on our campus.

Don and Vicki Blackketter

Don Blackketter