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The Institute for Educational Opportunities is a consortium of programs developed to provide K-12 and college students with the tools and support they need to achieve success in higher education.

Since 1994, the Institute has helped more than a third of all students from Southwest Montana prepare to succeed in higher education. Its programs range from courses that introduce elementary students to science, math and technology to professional development services for teachers.

The Institute focuses on students who show high aptitude in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and pairs them with programs that meet their individual needs. Students enrolled in Institute programs are given one-on-one attention and support, ensuring that they receive the tools they need to achieve their dreams.

As part of its commitment to student success, the Institute offers programs to help teachers. A number of professional courses and other resources are available to teachers interested in adding more challenging rigor to their curriculum.

Conveniently located in the Health Sciences Building on the Montana Tech campus, the Institute’s resources are available to those interested in supporting lifelong learning for Montana students.

Upward Bound 25th Anniversary Celebration a success!

Upward Bound at Montana Tech is 25 years old! To celebrate, we had a big a party! Current students had a banquet featuring an alumni panel on Tuesday, July 2, followed by a reception for former students, staff and stakeholders.

Also this summer, TRIO Upward Bound (MTUB), Unite, and Montana Tech teamed up to host the TRIO MTUB Scholars’ Summer Academy. Montana Tech provided office space, technology, and utilization of the residence halls and food service to host this exciting five week, pre-collegiate summer experience for 54 talented high school students from SW Montana who have historically been underserved in STEM. Upward Bound and Unite encourages students to pursue college majors and careers in engineering and other STEM-related fields through a program of focused hands-on rigorous academics, enrichment, and career exploration.



The Institute for Educational Opportunities offers a comprehensive array of programs for students and teachers. The Institute’s efforts are designed to build on strengths in mathematics, engineering, sciences, technology and environmental restoration while making use of existing resources. Institute staff are committed to student success. As such, students are matched with programs that meet their individual needs. There is no “one-size-fits-all” approach to student support.

Teachers interested in challenging their students by integrating more inquiry and rigor can also turn to the Institute for support. There are a number of professional development resources available to help those teachers who wish to empower their students with the tools they need to succeed in college.

In addition, Institute programs provide a number of opportunities for students and teachers to interact with the scientists and engineers of Montana Tech. From program-sponsored field trips on campus to community events, students interested in STEM programs have a range of opportunities where they can learn more about their fields of interest.