Montana Welcomes New State Director John Cech

The Montana Board of Regents is pleased to announce Dr. John Cech as new state deputy           commissioner for two-year and community college education for the Montana University System, effective January 1, 2011.

As deputy commissioner, Cech will be responsible for coordinating statewide educational programs at the two-year and community college level, administering federally-funded career and technical education programs, leading efforts in extended learning, online delivery, adult education, dual-credit, pathways with Montana’s secondary schools, and outreach.  Cech will lead coordination, system wide collaboration, and workforce development efforts among the five colleges of technology in Billings, Butte, Helena, Missoula and Great Falls and two-year college programs in Bozeman, Havre, Dillon, Hamilton and Lewistown.   He will also work with the state’s three independent community colleges in Kalispell, Miles City and Glendive that coordinate curriculum with the Board of Regents.

Cech also plans to collaborate with the state’s seven sovereign tribal colleges on planning two-year programs, grants and transfer programs.  Cech will also direct the final 3½ years of the high profile College!Now initiative funded by the Lumina Education Foundation.

Cech, 48, has been dean and campus CEO of the Montana State University Billings College of Technology since 2002. Before that, he was a faculty member and dean at Rocky Mountain College in Billings.

NASDCTEc wishes Dr. Cech all the best in his new position as State Director for Montana.


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