HELENA – Governor Steve Bullock today announced that Montana received a $100,000 grant from the National Governors Association (NGA) Policy Academy on Work-Based Learning to support work-based learning opportunities that connect youth and young adults with career opportunities in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields. Montana is one of 6 states competitively selected to receive $100,000 to support its participation in the program.
“Montana’s economic success depends on our ability to strategically align our education system, workforce, and private business,” said Gov. Bullock. “This program will help boost our efforts to increase our pool of highly skilled and talented workers, improve our state’s economic productivity, and set a trajectory for sustained economic growth.”
Montana’s involvement in the program will grow opportunities for Montanans between the ages of 16-29 to receive high quality on-the-job training through experiential learning, increased employer involvement and increased sponsored learning opportunities. Specifically, the $100,000 grant will be used to host an employer summit to promote and educate businesses on the importance of STEM activities and provide technical assistance for workplace learning activities.
“Governor Bullock has convened stakeholders across business, education, and industry sectors at unprecedented levels to identify goals and objectives to help to grow Montana’s skilled workforce,” said Labor & Industry Commissioner Pam Bucy. “One of the areas we see great potential for developing additional opportunities for future workers is work-based learning, particularly in STEM fields.”
Governor Bullock’s Main Street Montana Project has provided the administration with a robust framework for statewide, private sector driven business and economic development planning. The first pillar of the Main Street Montana Project Business Plan is to “Train and Educate Tomorrow’s Workforce Today.” Work-based learning is a significant part of this business plan, with one of the three goals of this pillar focusing on the private sector’s role in providing on-the-job training and experiences.
The Montana Work-Based Policy Academy Team includes representatives from the Governor’s Office, Department of Labor and industry, Office of Public Instruction, Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education, the Department of Commerce, local economic development agencies and private employer partners.