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Carroll College President reviews 2020 and looks ahead to 2021

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Posted at 11:21 AM, Dec 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-31 19:43:44-05

HELENA — After a year that looked like no other, Carroll College is proud of how 2020 turned out.

President John Cech spoke with MTN News reviewing their 2020 year and looking forward to 2021.

Carroll College had a rather unique school year in 2020.

"We moved 100% of our spring courses to remote delivery in less than three weeks," says Dr. John Cech, Carroll College President.

Then in the fall, Carroll College established a bubble for its students so in-person classes can resume. The result is one of their biggest accomplishments in 2020.

"Carroll was one of 27% of colleges and universities in America that were able to remain in-person without a single day of remote delivery,” says Dr. Cech. “We were proud of that."

Carroll College hopes to continue their positive momentum into the Spring 2021 semester with another bubble for students and the “Realign, Reinvest, and Reimagine Our Future” plan. This plan includes a balanced budget for 2021 and a commitment for Carroll College to continue its growth in providing programs related to helping others. In the Fall 2020 semester, 75% of students enrolled into these so-called “helping fields” such as nursing and psychology. Dr. Cech looks to a bright 2021 school year.

"As our population members receive the vaccine and we return to what the new normal is, I think the world is going to emerge from this much stronger," says Dr. Cech.

Carroll College is already bouncing back stronger. Their amount of paid deposits for the Fall 2021 semester doubled compared to 2019.

Carroll College can account for over 500 Montana registered nurses. The college hopes to continue training students in these helping fields by beginning two new programs in 2021.

The first program is the 15-month accelerated nursing program for folks that already have a bachelor’s degree (in any field).

The second program is a Master in Social Work beginning in the Fall 2021 semester.