Montana Tech Institute for Educational Opportunity Students Features in Documentary

Montana Tech’s Institute for Educational Opportunities is pleased to announce two undergraduate students and one student from their college preparatory programs are featured in a newly released trailer for a documentary in the making.  Kelly Connolle, Butte native and sophomore in Occupational Safety and Health and Diane Matthews, a Bozeman native and junior in Petroleum Engineering share their inspiring experiences in the video. 

The Montana College Access Network has released Big Dreams under the Big Sky, a fundraising trailer for a full documentary about Montana students who have successfully found social mobility through higher education and the support programs offered on many of Montana’s higher education campuses.  “It is not just an honor, but very fitting,  to have Montana Tech programs and students featured in a movie about college success in Montana” says Amy Verlanic, the Institute’s Executive Director, “Tech is known for excellence in student achievement and much of that comes from providing quality college preparation services to disadvantaged students and success support to those students as they progress through the undergraduate pipeline via federally funded TRIO programs.” 

The trailer can be viewed at the following link:  

For more information about the documentary or TRIO programs at Montana Tech, contact Theresa Rader, Montana State President of ASPIRE, and Director of Montana Tech’s TRIO Student Support Services at or call 496-4683.