Agriculture is the number one industry in eastern Montana where Miles City is centrally located. A majority of the population in this region conducts their everyday business in Miles City. Custer County ranks third in the state for value of sales of cattle and fourth in the state for the number of cattle raised.
These statistics demonstrate the importance of agriculture to this community and region. Miles Community College’s mission is to promote student success and lifelong learning through accessible, quality programs and community partnerships. To fulfill this mission, MCC provides access for students and the community to a strong agriculture curriculum in this state-of-the-art learning facility.
Miles Community College is one of three community colleges in Montana. Unlike the Montana University System colleges and universities, community colleges do not receive state funds for construction of facilities. The Miles Community College Foundation Board, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the academic mission of the College, entered into a fundraising campaign in 2014 to secure funds required to build the new facility.
The Ag Advancement Center/Champion Arena is a 36,000 square foot facility, which houses three classrooms, a 100 x 200 foot arena, bathroom facilities, public event seating for 500 people plus a mezzanine, on-site apartment, faculty offices, a concession stand, and an open foyer and flexible space for conferences and events. The building has a metal interior finish, is ADA accessible with a sprinkler system, well-insulated, heating and cooling options to provide optimal temperatures during events, and paved ADA parking spaces and entrance access.
The Ag Advancement Center is a state-of-the-art facility that enhances learning at the Miles Community College West Campus. Miles Community College is now attracting students locally, regionally, and nationally who are interested in attaining a degree in Agriculture or Equine Science. With the addition of the Ag Advancement Center, our Ag and Equine students now have dedicated classroom space for their classes and our Equine students will no longer lose valuable instruction time due to inclement weather.
To learn more about the facility or wish to give to the campaign, please contact President Clingingsmith at 406-874-6165 or President@milescc.edu