New Dual Enrollment course offered

Montana Tech will offer a new dual enrollment course for Montana high school students called Introduction to the Mineral Industries (MIN 191). The online course will introduce students to the mining and petroleum industries and give them the opportunity to familiarize themselves with potential career opportunities in these critical fields. Most of the content will be taught by faculty in Montana Tech’s Mining, Geological, and Petroleum Engineering departments but guest lectures from industry experts will also be incorporated.


Thanks to sponsorship from mining and petroleum companies, the course will include a one-week all-expense paid field trip this summer. Students will have a chance to visit operating sites and visit with people in the industry about the opportunities available to them. Students who complete the course and field trip will also be offered a scholarship if they decide to attend Montana Tech. Navajo Transitional Energy Company, Westmoreland Mining LLC, and Rio Tinto Kennecott have committed to sponsoring this course. 


“This new course is an opportunity for us to provide high school students with an appreciation for the importance of the mining and petroleum industries and introduce them to our engineering disciplines and Montana Tech,” noted Scott Rosenthal, Department Head of Mining Engineering. “We will also introduce other career paths within our industries that students could choose, those that require a college education and others that do not.”


The registration deadline for the course has been extended to Friday, January 13th and Monday, January 16th will be the official kickoff of the course for this semester. Interested students or parents are encouraged to contact Kinsley Rafish at or 406.496.4684 as soon as possible to ensure all required information can be provided by the deadline.

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