Montana lawmakers ask University System to expand job training

For every 10 Montana teens who graduate from high school, six go on to some kind of college, but four don’t. That means thousands of kids get no training beyond high school.


State legislators feel that’s a problem because so many Montana employers have complained they’re having a hard time finding well-trained, well-qualified people to hire in this strong economy.


Now Montana University System leaders have agreed to tackle the problem by making more teenagers and families aware that the system’s two-year colleges offer a wide range of career and technical training – from welding to dental hygiene, high-tech machining to culinary arts.