Highlands College
Vickie Petritz Memorial Garden at Highlands College


Highlands College is a small school that enjoys the luxuries of a beautiful setting, fine instructional faculty, and a warm, supportive learning environment.


We serve the greater Butte Region through our associate degree and certificate programs, continuing education, and customized training. Complete a degree designed to help you enter the workforce immediately, or earn credits that may be transferred to a 4-year degree program. Here you will find quality education, dedicated faculty and staff, small class sizes, individual attention, student services, and exceptionally affordable tuition.



This year Highlands lost an invaluable faculty member, instructor, role model, mentor, and friend with the recent passing of Vickie Petritz.


Vickie was an instructor at Highlands for 26 years. In that time she took many, many students under her wing and helped them to grow and become employed in the accounting field. Her students loved her and she loved them in return. Those of us who had the pleasure of working with her over the years will miss her greatly and will have a huge void to fill in her absence.


To honor her memory, we would like to construct the Vickie Petritz Memorial Garden at Highlands College. We have plans to place a metal silhouette of a teacher in the garden to honor Vickie, which will be constructed in our Highlands College welding department. We envision perennial flowers along with pavers and a large tree in the middle of the area. When complete, we will plan a garden dedication ceremony for her family, friends, and colleagues to attend. We hope to have the garden finished this fall and to realize this goal, we are asking if you would consider making a gift in Vickie’s memory today.



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Highlands College Donor Map
Rank State Gifts
1 MT 10
2 ID 1
2 NE 1
Departmental Challenge Leaderboard
During DayOne Departments competed head-to-head for a chance to earn extra money towards their department project by bringing in the most gifts to their project. The top ten finishers split the pot valued at up to $20,000.Congratulations to all of our departments that competed and thank you to all of our donors supporting your passion through Montana Tech's DayOne Giving Event.
Rank Prize Department Gifts
1 $5,000 Digger Athletics 143
2 $3,750 Mining Engineering 83
3 $2,500 Safety, Health & Industrial Hygiene 38
4 $2,000 Business 37
5 $1,750 Geological Engineering 32
6 $1,500 Mathematical Sciences 30
7 $1,250 Petroleum Engineering 24
8 $1,000 Mechanical Engineering 24
9 $750 Environmental Engineering 22
10 $500 Metallurgical & Materials Engineering 20
11 Nursing 13
12 Highlands College 12
13 Geophysics 8
14 Computer Science 7
15 Electrical Engineering 6
16 Civil Engineering 6
17 Chemistry & Geochemistry 4
18 Biological Sciences 4
19 Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences 3
First Time Donor Match
During DayOne 2020 first time donors had the opportunity to have their gift matched 1:1 from a match pool of $5,000. Thank you for supporting your passion through DayOne 2020, Montana Tech's giving event!
$5,000 MATCHED
Student Donor Match
During DayOne 2020 Montana Tech student donors had the opportunity to have their gift matched 1:1 from a match pool of $5,000. Thank you for supporting your passion through DayOne 2020, Montana Tech's giving event!
$3,260 MATCHED
Faculty Staff Participation Match Challenge
$5,000 was unlocked with the participation of 50 Montana Tech faculty staff members and $100 will be applied to the project to which the original gift was made by the donor. Thank you to all of our Montana Tech faculty and staff for participating in DayOne 2020 and supporting the students and programs of Montana Tech!
50 / 50 Donors
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