MISSOULA – Missoula College at the University of Montana will launch its new IT apprenticeship program with a signing day event at the college from 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 17.
In response to employer input, Missoula College has created an apprenticeship program for students studying IT networking administration and security. Four local IT companies have committed to hiring MC students while they attend classes with the intention of long-term employment.
Missoula Mayor John Engen and Montana Lt. Gov. Mike Cooney will share brief remarks at the July 17 event, and MC Associate Dean Tom Gallagher will discuss how the new program will benefit students and employers alike. Following their remarks, MC students will meet with representatives from local companies and sign formal documentation registering each party with the Montana Department of Labor & Industry. Members of the media and the public are invited to attend the event.
“Montana has a long history of training the next generation of employees through apprenticeships in the trades, and now Missoula College is expanding its programming to bring the benefits of that model to IT students and local companies,” said Dylan Rogness, MC apprenticeship liaison. “This event is not only groundbreaking for Montana but for the nation. I believe we have found a model that is scalable for every two-year college in Montana and possibly other institutions around the country.”