The Two-Year Degree: A Happy Medium?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the occupation with the highest projected growth between now and 2016 is data networking and communications. The November 2009 Academic Connection feature from describes two-year degrees as a happy medium between an industry certification and a four-year degree for individuals aspiring to enter the workforce as an I.T. professional. Two-year degrees at local community colleges provide a well-rounded education at a great value. Read the complete article at


The University of Montana’s fourth annual Day of Dialogue will be held Thursday, Oct. 29. The free daylong symposium brings campus and community members together for presentations, performances, workshops and exhibits that encourage dialogue about diversity.

The College of Technology will host the panel discussion Challenges for Individuals in Non-Traditional Career Fields from 12:15-1:00 on the East Campus at 909 South Avenue West in room HB01. This presentation examines the challenges of individuals engaged in non-traditional career fields (i.e. women and minorities in STEM-related and industrial technology-related careers, men in health professions). A panel of professionals will discuss their personal experiences and the obstacles and challenges in the workplace and educational setting for those entering these careers. The panel discussion is organized by the Department of Applied Computing & Electronics and will involve faculty and staff from the Department of Industrial Technology and the Department of Health Professions.

Other symposium begins at 9:10 a.m. in the University Center Atrium with remarks by Vice President for Student Affairs Teresa Branch and Associated Students of UM President Matt Fennell. Participants then can select from more than 20 free educational sessions that begin at 9:40 and 11:10 a.m. and 1:10 and 2:40 p.m. on the third floor of the University Center.New this year is a 5:30 p.m. reception sponsored by ASUM. Following the reception at 6:15 p.m., a UM faculty panel will debate and discuss civil discourse in America.

A complete schedule of events is on the Day of Dialogue Web site at

Spring Schedule Advising

The Applied Computing and Electronics Department will be advising students in the coming weeks. Advising schedules have been posted in front of HB04 and HB05/HB06 or can be seen here. For advising, please see advisors during their open office hours or schedule an appointment through Jenny (243-7916). It is recommended that you bring a copy of your unofficial transcripts as well as advising material for your major. Go to Cyberbear for your transcripts. Advising checklists are available at the ACE Department Advising Center.