Associated Students of Helena College

President - Michelle Werle |  e-Mail |  Meet Michelle

Vice President - Vacant | TBD |  Meet the Vice President| 2021 Application for Senators

Business Manager - Cole Mergenthaler | e-MailMeet Cole

Secretary - Vacant | TBD |   Meet the Secratary | 2021 Application for Secretary 

Advisor - Emily Schuff | e-Mail

Meeting Times and Location

Mondays from 11:00 a.m. to noon. Everyone is welcome to attend ASHC Senate meetings, though only senators have voting rights.

We also hold our meetings virtually in the Team for those of you who can't make it to campus. Join our Teams here!

Who We Are

ASHC stands for the Associated Students of Helena College. We are an organization made up of an executive council and senators. Our purpose is to provide the entire student body with an active voice in their education, promote empowerment and communication amongst the student body, create an inclusive environment conducive to learning for all students, and encourage citizenship both on campus and in the community.

What We Do

One of our biggest tasks is to encourage camaraderie between all students, regardless of degrees’ being sought. We do this by hosting campus wide social activities such as:

  • Club Rush
  • Holiday Student Activities
  • Midterm & Finals Week Stress Reduction Events
  • Student Contests

We also provide funds that can be used to: support student led projects, help form new student clubs, assist with current student club needs, and create scholarship opportunities for both academically deserving students and students who are in financial distress.

Finally, our biggest responsibility is to provide an active voice to all students concerning their higher education. We do this by hosting open forums/discussions between students and members of the Helena College administration. We also encourage students to attend meetings with OCHE and other schools across the state. 

Why You Should Join!

(Besides the free ASHC swag!)

By joining, you will be able to have a direct voice about how YOUR college experience will benefit you. Aside from the typical duties of the average student council most students are familiar with, ASHC does so much more!

All enrolled students are automatically charged a student government fee. Did you know the MT Board of Regents requires large campus projects and new student fee proposals to be approved by the MUS school’s student government? This means that by joining ASHC, students have a direct say when it comes to funding Helena College remodels and making changes to the fees students pay as part of their tuition.

ASHC members help guide the direction that Helena College moves forward as an institution. You will also be provided with opportunities to practice your newly developed skills outside of the classroom. Students who join us get a jump start on networking! You will also learn team building skills, budgeting skills, and event planning by assisting us with ASHC events, among other skills that will help you to be more successful in the work force. When you join us, you will get to meet like-minded individuals while making new friendships that will last beyond the course of your degree.


Meet Your Executives

Position: ASHC President  

My name is Michelle Werle. I was born and raised here in Helena, MT.

Like all college students, my story is full of success and failures. After graduating from Helena High in 2016, my first attempt at college was unsuccessful. I decided to move to Nevada, where I attended Sierra Nevada Job Corps in Reno from 2017-2018. There, I received my diploma in Automotive Maintenance & Light Repair.

In 2018 I came home and re-enrolled at Helena College for spring 2019. Working hard to ace my classes, I made a comeback from Academic Probation to earning my membership in Phi Theta Kappa. I started as an Accounting student, but my work experiences during the pandemic led me to change my degree path to Business.

I graduated this past fall 2020 semester with my C.A.S. in Bookkeeping and just completed my C.A.S. in Entrepreneurship this summer 2021. I am continuing to work towards my A.A.S. in Business Technology.
While my story is full of success and failure, I am thankful I’m able to bring a diverse background and a new, unique perspective to student government.
I look forward to meeting and engaging with all of you this semester as your ASHC President!

Position: ASHC Vice President


  cole-mergenthaler.jpg Position: ASHC Business Manager

I am Cole Mergenthaler. Born in Texas and raised in Helena. I graduated from Helena High a very long time ago. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Communications. After graduation, my wife and I moved to Helena. I worked as a lab tech for 9 years but wanted to do something different since the communications degree did not work out so well. I decide to pursue nursing. I took all the prerequisite classes at HC and was lucky enough to make it into the RN program at HC. I am currently in my junior year and plan on graduating in December of this year.
I am very new to ASHC and even newer to the business manager position. I am also a student ambassador. If I am not on campus doing school work, I am at home doing school work. And in between all that I try to make memories with my wife and son.


Position: ASHC Secretary


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