The Montana Board of Regents announced a new $25 million grant for the state’s two-year colleges at its monthly meeting in Butte this morning.
The U.S. Department of Labor awarded the grant to 13 community colleges and universities in the state to develop and expand innovative training programs.
“I cannot express what I’m feeling right now, very adequately,” said John Cech, commissioner of two-year colleges within the Montana University System. “This grant will transform two-year education in Montana and its ability to provide workforce development responsiveness in energy development and advanced manufacturing.”
The grant award will go to promote workforce development in emerging fields, such as advanced manufacturing, transportation and health care. Regents also mentioned science, technology, engineering and math.
They thanked Montana’s congressional delegation and the governor’s office for pursuing the grant. The state had applied for and lost the grant in the past.
“Our two-year colleges play a crucial role in equipping our students with the skills and experiences to meet the demands of today’s economy,” Gov. Steve Bullock said after regents announced the grant. It will give our colleges the resources they need to ensure they are training their students for the jobs that are in demand.”