High School Student Options

Looking to discover exciting opportunities during your academic journey? Consider exploring the options available at Salish Kootenai College in Montana! Our programs, including Dual Enrollment, Upward Bound, and SKC Summer Institute, provide a range of resources to help you achieve your academic and career goals.

Upward Bound

Salish Kootenai College Upward Bound is a college-preparatory TRIO program designed to prepare low-income and first-generation students for success in postsecondary education.

Each participant receives individualized instruction, academic advising, and access to enrichment activities designed to increase scholastic competencies and engage students in a process of personal development and discovery.

  • Weekly school-based tutoring/mentoring sessions
  • Regional college tours
  • Quarterly enrichment activities
  • College-preparatory advising
  • ACT/SAT preparation
  • Assistance with financial aid and FAFSA applications
  • Quarterly stipends
  • The six-week, residential summer component at Salish Kootenai College brings 50 students together from across the Flathead Indian Reservation
  • The BRIDGE component offers seniors an opportunity to earn free college credit.
  • The work-study component provides students hands-on experience in a career field of interest.


Applicants must be...

  • A citizen or permanent resident of the USA.
  • A potential first-generation college student or from a low-income family.
  • 13-19 years old and in grades 9-12.

To apply contact the Upward Bound office or the instructor based at your school.

Arlee/Ronan/St.Ignatius: sandra_debruin@skc.edu

Charlo/Hot Springs: kathy_knapp@skc.edu

Polson: megan_ahern@skc.edu

Two Eagle River: allison_grant@skc.edu

Program Contacts

Heather Licht
Upward Bound Director

Early College Pathways

Dual enrollment (DE) at Salish Kootenai College is an opportunity for high school students to continue participating in their high school curriculum while also taking some key, entry-level college classes. DE affords participating students a jump start on their college career, potentially shortening the time it takes to complete their degree program and reducing the cost of their education.

Learn more about SKC's Early College Pathways

Program Contacts

Lindy Warden
Director of Early College Outreach & Recruitment
Text: 406-344-1110

Gear Up

GEAR UP is a federal program that provides grants to education partnerships and states to support low-income students in preparing for and succeeding in postsecondary education. The program includes scholarships and focuses on increasing knowledge and preparation among students and families. Montana GEAR UP offers a variety of resources and services, including tutoring, mentoring, college field trips, career awareness, counseling, and parent education, to support freshman students from GEAR UP high schools in their postsecondary pursuits.

Find out more about how GEAR UP can help you charge into your future.

Program Contacts

Terri Cordier
GEAR UP First Year Services Liaison


The HiSET® exam is the only test Montana uses to measure high school equivalency skills in Language Arts: Reading/Writing, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies.

The HiSET® Prep program of SKC’s Department of Academic Success is a five-step, hybrid preparation tool to help increase a tester’s chances of passing part or all of the HiSET exam on their first try.

Learn more about HiSET and HiSET Prep at SKC

Program Contacts

Brian DuMontier
Academic Success/Springboard Instructor

Advanced Placement

SKC is happy to accept Advanced Placement credits for tests which there is an SKC equivalent. For more information regarding how to get credit for your scores feel free to contact our Academic Transfer Specialist at transfer@skc.edu

Program Contacts

Sally Shields
Academic Transfer Specialist

Apply now and enjoy a unique educational experience that blends Western academic knowledge with Native American perspectives and practices. Benefit from smaller class sizes, personalized attention, and opportunities for hands-on learning and research. Join a supportive community that values cultural diversity and academic excellence, and prepare for a successful career and leadership role in your community. Apply today and start your journey towards a brighter future at SKC!