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Gov. Bullock & Superintendent Juneau Launch College Application Week

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This week in Montana thousands of high school seniors are getting a chance at college that they might not have had before as it is college application week.

Joe Moeller reports from Helena with the details on what this week means for our students and the Treasure State.

"A student in high school is either going to open doors or close them what we are trying to do is to make sure we remove the barriers for students to go on to college." says Governor Steve Bullock.

It is College Application Week in Montana and the state is giving over 5,200 seniors from 84 high schools around the state the opportunity to apply for two and four year colleges here in Montana for free.

Bullock continued "By making one week where they can apply, even if they have never even thought about college, apply for free, all we are trying to do is encourage them to go in and think about higher education because, it will change their lives and it continues to improve the state."

Superintendent Denise Juneau and Governor Steve Bullock were at Helena High School today speaking to students and launching College Application Week, the Office of Public Instruction has partnered up with the Office Commissioner of Higher Education's Montana Gear Up program to encourage more students to seek post-secondary educational opportunities.

"We have almost every two year college, tribal college, and four year universities signed on to waive their application fee or defer it for this week." says Superintendent Denise Juneau.

The goal during this week ending on the 15th is for all seniors in participating high schools to apply to at least one college as well as to promote excitement and enthusiasm about education past high school. Not only does this open doors for these students, but the future of Montana is brighter with more college degrees coming out of our education system.

"Once we have the mass numbers of people we need with college degrees, businesses will come here and relocate here and really grow their businesses and that should really be the goal for our state." continued Juneau

This is the first time Montana has partaken in this national College Application Week and are hoping to see a great increase in students at least applying to college, College Application Week starting on the 11th and ends this Friday the 15th.

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