MTPR

John Cech

The University of Montana campus, Missoula, MT.
Josh Burnham

The state received a $650,000 grant this week aimed at smoothing the path between high school and college or career training.

Montana’s 86 percent high school graduation rate ranks 19th in the nation, but Deputy Commissioner of Higher Education John Cech said that many students are not prepared for what comes after.

Republican Greg Gianforte won Montana’s special election May 25, 2017.
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As many as 1,000 students in Montana’s two-year colleges could find their path to a career just got a little bit smoother, thanks to Greg Gianforte, who made a fortune in Montana and is putting some of that money back into the community.

“Montana needs more high wage jobs. And one of the things we’ve learned is that manufacturing creates high wage jobs. Yet, not everybody in Montana that’s seeking work has the skills to get these jobs," says Gianforte.

As we reported earlier, the two-year Bitterroot College in Hamilton became the last of the seven two-year colleges in the state to unveil its new name and logo.