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Governor Bullock Helps Fund Welding Program

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Great Falls College MSU will be expanding their renown welding program thanks to a grant from Governor Steve Bullock. Montana Governor Steve Bullocks visit to the Great falls College MSU campus was met with a packed house as he announced a $325,000 grant to the Great Falls higher learning facility.

"The budget deal right at the end of the legislative session where they hadn't funded something's that I had wanted but gave me some discretion in how to use money so, but this is the only money from the discretionary pod that we put out so far too," says Governor Bullock.

With the 325 thousand Great Falls College MSU plans to add even more to their welding program even expanding both class and building size in the near future.

"What this money is going to be used for is to hire additional faculty and shop aids because we have the resources now to expand the physical facilities and buy more welding equipment that if we are going to expand from 60 students to 120 each semester I need more faculty and shop aids," explains CEO and Dean, Dr. Susan Wolff.

According to Governor Bullock this is the only fund grant that he has given out of his discretion funds. Bullock also says he specifically chose Great Falls College MSU for it's potential for creating highly qualified welders.

"What we have done is make sure now that Great Falls College really can finish up on the curriculum to make sure the students are being trained and can go to work. We now have a system where over 120 students each year will be able to get their certification. these are certifications that are not only good in the US, but in Canada and there is good paying jobs that can follow through that," explains Bullock.

Bullock hopes that by aiding students in their pursuit of higher learning Montana will also benefit with a highly skilled work force sought after by companies in the United States and Canada.

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