MTCC VISTA projects begin on a semi-annual calendar (January and July), however host site applications are always accepted. If you are interested in hosting a full-time VISTA, please contact us to learn more about how it works.
- FY15 MTCC VISTA Guidance and Application (New host sites)
- FY15 MTCC VISTA Guidance and Application (Continuation request)
- FY14 MTCC Frequently Asked Questions
- VISTA Assignment Description Guidance and Template
In January 2015, MTCC will be placing full-time VISTA members with colleges, universities, schools and nonprofits throughout Montana to build capacity within the education and veterans services sectors. VISTAs help assess community needs, amplify local initiatives, and support long-term solutions to poverty.
AmeriCorps VISTA is the antipoverty national service program.. Authorized in 1964 and founded as Volunteers in Service to America in 1965, VISTA was incorporated into the AmeriCorps network of programs in 1993. VISTAss commit to serve full-time for one year. With passion, commitment, and hard work, VISTAs create or expand programs designed to bring individuals and communities out of poverty. Funding for the MTCC VISTA project is provided by the Corporation for National & Community Service (CNCS) and local partners and communities.
The MTCC VISTA project advances higher education's puplic purposes and and addresses poverty problems by utilizing strategic campus-community partnerships. MTCC VISTA offers partner organizations the opportunity to build sustainable infrastructure to address needs through the leveraging of resources of higher education institutions. MTCC VISTA utilizes a 6-stage community building lifecycle, which engages students and community members in needs assessment, strategic planning, implementation, and evaluation phases of the project
MTCC VISTA host site recipients receive a full-time, year-long AmeriCorps VISTA member and ongoing support from the Montana Campus Compact (members receive a living allowance, health benefits, an end-of-service benefit, pre-service and in-service training, access to MTCC's network and ongoing technical support, a value of approximately $32,000).
MTCC VISTA January 2015 Host Site Timeline:
October 10 and 13 2:00 PM technical assistance conference call
October 20 Priority Deadline: Proposals due to MTCC network office
October 20-23 Clarification period
October 24 Award notifications sent/Candidate recruitment begins
November 3 10AM Recruitment call (required for selected host sites)
Late November Final offers are extended to candidates
January 20-23 Pre-Service Orientation for candidates
January 24 Service begins for members
Recordings of past informational calls for prospective host site are available below:
- General Informational call: February 12th at 2PM (Click here to download)
- Veterans/Military Families: February 18th at 2PM - featuring Ilene Cohen with the University of Montana Western (Click here to download )
- Education: February 19th at 2PM - featuring John Walsh with Montana State University Billings(Click here to download )
For more information contact Network Services Director Josh Vanek at 406-243-5175.