History, Mission, and Core Themes


In 1940, citizens of Dawson County voted to establish a junior college as an extension of Dawson County High School, and the State of Montana approved the formation of the College. In 1966, the Dawson County High School Board passed a resolution to form a separate district for the junior college, and voters elected the first board of trustees to govern Dawson College. The College’s campus has been located continuously on a 300-acre parcel in Dawson County purchased in 1967. In 1976, the College name was changed to Dawson Community College.

Since 1969, Dawson Community College has been accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and/or the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education.


Dawson Community College fosters a culture of excellence in education, providing all students quality learning and opportunities for growth and partnership in local and global communities.

Core Themes

Excellence through Academics: This objective provides quality curriculum and instruction through multiple learning pathways expanding opportunities in education adaptive to the needs of a changing student body. 

Excellence through Student Engagement: This objective provides a student-centered focus through student and academic support services, quality faculty and staff, residence life, clubs and organizations. 

Excellence through Community: This objective provides the greater community lifelong learning opportunities through open access to the College. 

Excellence through Outreach: This objective provides opportunities for workforce development, apprenticeships and internships, continuing education, personal enrichment, and youth programming. 

Excellence through Recruiting: This objective provides opportunities to invite all learners to be a part of DCC, maintain sustained growth with not only more applicants, but also better prepared students equipped with tools for success. 

Excellence through Financial Practices: This objective provides budget oversight and expanded opportunities in education for both transfer and career and technical education and workforce development, as well as personal enrichment for our faculty, staff, students, and community. 

Excellence through Property and Learning Facilities: This objective provides the management of all grounds and facilities to help provide the best learning environment possible. 

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