January 2018 Around Town


Awareness and appreciation: That’s why the Chamber Ag Appreciation Banquet is hosted every winter. Agriculture is the region’s No. 1 industry. This banquet offers an evening of fabulous food, entertainment and camaraderie for people in and out of the ag industry. It’s about education, admiration and gratitude for the area’s farmers, ranchers and consumers as well as agribusiness and agribusiness research representatives. This year’s banquet is being held Friday, January 19 at the Rimrock Auto Arena. For more information, please contact Jessica Hart at the Billings Chamber, 406-245-4111 or jessica@billingschamber.com.

Rod Stewart to Perform First-
Ever Concert in Billings in April

Rod Stewart, one of the best-selling artists in the history of recorded music, with an estimated 200 million records sold worldwide, will perform April 14 at Rimrock Auto Arena in what will be his first-ever concert in the state.

With his signature voice, narrative songwriting, trendsetting style and passionate live performances he’s transcended all genres of popular music, from rock, folk, soul, R&B, new wave and even the Great American Song Book, making him one of the few stars to enjoy chart-topping albums throughout every decade of his five decade-long career.

As a singer and songwriter his many hits include “You Wear It Well,” “You’re in My Heart,” “Tonight’s the Night (The Final Acclaim),” “Gasoline Alley,” “Every Picture Tells a Story,” “Mandolin Wind,” “Sailing,” “The Killing of Georgie,” “Young Turks,” “Forever Young,” “Hot Legs,” “Infatuation” and the indelible, “Maggie May.” He most recently teamed with Joe Jonas’ DNCE at the 2017 MTV VMAs to debut their new version of his iconic 1978 hit “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy.”

Tickets start at $59.50 and are available at the MetraPark box office or at MetraPark.com.  

MSU Billings City College 
Receives International 
Accreditation for 
Fire Science Program

The International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) recently granted full accreditation to the fire science program at City College at MSU Billings (MSUB). This is the first time the program has received accreditation since its inception.

Of the approximately 220 fire science programs across the United States, only 30 are accredited by IFSAC. Faculty, staff and the program overall conduct an internal self-study audit which is followed by a third party review to ensure the program is meeting strict international standards determined by the accreditation congress.

This accreditation, valid for five years, ensures that the fire science program at City College is following best practices and offering quality education and training to future and existing firefighters. 

The program is open to all and run by Director Kelly McCoy who is also accredited as a Chief Training Officer (CTO) by the Center for Public Safety Excellence and has a master’s degree in education. The accreditation process emphasizes the competency of program instructors and the value they add to the program. McCoy has aspirations to prepare more women and minorities to be future firefighters ensuring greater representation in this field.

The City College fire science program includes general education classes as well as principles and theory in the fire service. In the program, students complete hands-on skills and training evolutions, preparing them to meet the changing demands of emergencies and be future leaders in the fire services field.