Jill Washburn, community service coordinator, 406.238.7394, 
RMC Media Team, 406.657.1105,

RMC hosts Girl Scout troop for higher education program

BILLINGS, November 18, 2014 – Rocky Mountain College is hosting a local Girl Scout troop on campus during this academic year as part of a collaborative effort with Girl Scouts of Montana and Wyoming. The meetings for the Girl Scout troop take place every other Thursday at 5:30 – 7:00 p.m., in Bair Family Student Center on the RMC campus.

Through a memorandum of understanding, RMC and the Girl Scouts of Montana and Wyoming established the Girl Scouts' College Positive Volunteer collaboration in an effort to help girls gain leadership skills, learn the importance of education, and discover the impact they can have on their communities and the world.

As part of RMC's "Discover, Connect, Take Action" (DCTA) initiative, RMC has helped launch a "create a badge" campaign for local girl scouts to attain a "higher education patch," which has been uniquely created by Rocky Mountain College. To be awarded with this RMC higher education patch, the girl scouts must attend at least six professor-run meetings, a campus tour, and one RMC-sponsored event.

“Rocky Mountain College is proud to partner with the Girl Scouts of Montana and Wyoming,” said RMC Community Service Coordinator Jill Washburn. “We believe that it is critical to expose these girls to educational opportunities that exist here at the College. We hope it will help inspire them to start thinking about their future and opportunities that they may not have known about before.”

A number of RMC professors have led the meetings so far this academic year, including geology professor Emily Ward and business professor Ann Adair. Other professors on the schedule for 2014-2015 include those from various RMC departments, including computer science, art, equestrian, aviation, and theatre.

“Rocky Mountain College has an abundance of knowledge and resources in our academic programs and professors; to partner with the Girl Scouts in this endeavor we hope, will demonstrate to the girls as well as the greater community our commitment to the future generations of area youth," said Washburn.

On Thursday, November 20, 2014, the girl scouts will have a guest speaker, Miranda Youngren, who is Miss Montana Teen USA. Youngren is a senior at Reed Point High School. She plans to speak to the girl scouts about engineering, as her interests surround pursuing a career in science and math.

Iris Pacheco, an RMC student and also a student assistant for the Office of Community Involvement, has been instrumental in helping form this RMC program with Washburn and the Girl Scouts. “This program is like no other,” said Pacheco who is also a former girl scout. “It helps young girls discover what their interests are and what they’re good at. The Rocky professors have been a great resource for these girls to become engaged in higher education in the various fields of education Rocky has to offer.”