I used to teach at the college level, and I'll be the first one to say, college isn't for everyone.

There are plenty of ways to further your skills without having to get an associate's or bachelor's degree. You can try:

  • apprenticeship programs in skilled trades
  • online learning, like Crash CourseStudy Hall, or Khan Academy
  • job shadowing

But sometimes, you're not sure exactly how much education you need, or you do know, but you're not ready for a four-year school or program. That's where Community Colleges can provide a great option for beginning an education that will transfer to another program later.

A recent study, however, suggests that Montana's Community Colleges may not be ideal for learners. One Montana Community College actually ranked last in comparison to all the other 600+ Community Colleges included in the study.

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The WalletHub Study ranked colleges across the U.S. by cost, education outcomes, and career outcomes. The highest rank for a Montana school was 347. But if do want to go to a Community College in Montana, here's an idea of how Community Colleges in Montana stack up against one another, according to WalletHub's study:

  1. Miles Community College
  2. Helena Community College University of Montana
  3. Great Falls College Montana State University
  4. Dawson Community College
  5. Flathead Valley Community College
  6. Chief Dull Knife College
  7. Little Big Horn College

Another College Worth Mentioning

Even though it wasn't included in the rankings, Montana has another tribal community college, Salish Kootenai College located in Pablo, Montana. The college not only offers an associate's degree but a bachelor's and graduate degree too.

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