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Montana Two-Year Colleges Receive $25 Million Grant

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The department of labor announced that it will grant $25 million to 13 Montana two-year colleges. The funds are for the expansion and innovative training programs at these institutions. The programs promote skills development and employment opportunities in fields that these schools offer.

"A lot of where you see a lot of the growth that will come in the economy are sort of mid-level skilled jobs, and even older Montanans that want to get re-training can get in there relatively quickly, get them a degree that will set them on a great career." says Governor Steve Bullock.

The grant is made possible by the trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career training program Senator Max Baucus created in 2009 and secured funding for in 2010. In the total of 13 colleges receiving the funds, the goal is for these funds to improve the education of over 9,000 Montanans in these two-year colleges. This grant will help develop fields like advanced manufacturing, transportation, and healthcare. On Governor Bullock's recent "Back to School" Tour he visited several two-year colleges to show the vital role that these schools play in the State of Montana, including visiting Helena College which will receive over $2.5 million in this grant.

"It exactly hits what we were talking about during the back to school tour because I talked to a lot of employers and potential companies looking to move here and they said that, you know you have a great business climate, you have the great tax climate, the great quality of life, we need to make sure that we have the talented trained work force."

In addition to the grant the college consortium is also partnering with 57 Montana employers to support training efforts. The grant is designed to train workers for the industries that have a significant need for skilled workers.

"Get into colleges, make sure to get a two or four year degree because that changes the over all state."

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