Tester meets with Flathead Valley Community College president

Senator applauds college’s growth, discusses plans for the future

(U.S. SENATE) – Senator Jon Tester this week met with Flathead Valley Community College (FVCC) President Jane Karas to discuss the school’s recent growth and its plans for the future.

Tester and Karas, along with other FVCC representatives, discussed the college’s new Veterans’ Service Center, its Health Clinic, and its expanded degree programs that are helping students and community members receive much-needed education and support. Tester and Karas also discussed the importance of ensuring Pell grants remain accessible for all students.

“FVCC is a great example of how community colleges can be the heart and soul of a community and open new opportunities for Montanans,” said Tester, a former teacher. “Affordable, community orientated colleges like FVCC make sure students from all walks of life have the chance to succeed in college and get good jobs to support their families.”

Karas thanked Tester for his support and told him that the college is planning to build a Higher Education Center and expand its on-campus housing.

Tester regularly visits the college when he is in the Flathead. FVCC enrolls more than 2,000 students.

Tester and former Montana Senator Max Baucus recently helped FVCC secure a grant to boost job training resources through the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) Community College and Career Training program.

Joining President Jane Karas and Tester in the meeting were FVCC Trustees Robert Nystuen, Shannon Lund, Mark Holston, and Ralene Sliter. The group visited Washington, D.C. to attend the annual Association of Community Colleges Trustees conference.