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 shoulders a responsibility to provide access for students and the community to a strong agriculture curriculum as well as a state-of-the-art learning facility.
Miles Community College has attempted to provide such an educational experience for students interested in the Agriculture and Equine Programs. However, enrollment had decreased due to a lack of facilities required to competitively educate and meet the needs of all interested students. Before the MCC Ag Advancement Center was built, Ag students did not have dedicated classroom space and the instructors often utilized off-campus facilities and transported students by bus. Our Equine students did not have an indoor facility for instruction during the harsh winter months, and while our students are surely the hardiest in the region, they lost valuable instruction time due to inclement weather. MCC needed an appealing indoor agriculture education center to recruit and educate students wanting to further their knowledge in the fields of Agriculture and Equine Studies. The Miles Community College Board of Trustees and the Endowment Board, along with members of the Miles City community, saw the growing need for the Miles Community College Ag Advancement Center. With the recent construction of the MCC Ag Advancement Center, we anticipate the enrollment in our Ag and Equine programs will increase dramatically. With this facility, we will continue to grow our programs to meet the demands of the region and become the epicenter for Ag Education in southeastern Montana.
To learn more about the facility or wish to give to the campaign, please contact President Klippenstein at 406-874-6165 or President@milescc.edu