Education & Training Programs

Missoula Region: Apprenticeships, Aviation, Bitterroot College, CDL, LLC / MCPS, Missoula College, NVTI, RMSP, Scholarships, University of Montana, Veterans Upward Bound, Vocational Rehab, Wilderness Medicine, and MANY MORE!

Aerie Backcountry Medicine

https://aeriemedicine.com/contact

Veterans can use their GI Bill on our Montana courses! We offer a variety of classes, from Wilderness First Aid all the way up to Semesters in Wilderness Medicine - which provides certification as an EMT along with Search & Rescue Certs, Rope Rescue Certs, and Swiftwater Rescue Certs! We love having Veterans in our classes!

Questions: (406) 542-9972, emily@aeriemed.com

Apprenticeship ~ Missoula College

https://www.mcapprenticeships.org/

HealthCARE Montana ~ Program models and overviews http://www.healthcaremontana.org/apprenticeships-2

Contact: Healthcare Transformation Specialist / Apprenticeship Liaison, (406) 243-7812

Pre-nursing advisor: Maryann.Dunbar@mso.umt.edu (243-7925)

BECOME AN ALUM

Missoula College: Become an Alum ~ Utilize program for financial support and finish your degree!

Employment Liaison from Job Service at Missoula College, 1205 East Broadway St. (Room 126 at Missoula College)

Contact: Tyson Kuntz, (406) 243-7889, Tyson.Kuntz@mt.gov

University of Montana: Become An Alum Program, Emma B. Lommasson Center (Rm 242)

Contact: Carol (406) 243-2964, Cell (406) 360-5512, cevanger@mt.gov

Bitterroot College of the University of Montana
Programs: http://www.umt.edu/bitterroot-college/

103 South 9th Street, Hamilton, MT 

Questions: Victoria Clark, Director, Bitterroot College University of Montana, (406) 375-0100, victoria.clark@umontana.edu

Blackstone LaunchPad ~ Entrepreneurs

https://www.umt.edu/launchpad/

Co-curricular, experiential, campus program designed to introduce entrepreneurship as a viable career path and develop entrepreneurial skills and mindsets.

Innovation Factory: http://www.umt.edu/innovation-factory//default.php

University Center, Suite 250 (second floor to the left of the game room)

Innovation, collaboration and creativity ~ Idea exploration, startup consulting, venture coaching and mentorship to UM faculty, staff, alumni and students. The work lab hosts a vinyl cutter, a laser cutter, a row of 3-D printers and a healthy supply of art supplies and various tools. There’s also a wall for students to post their resumes and various skillsets.

Accelerate Montana: http://acceleratemontana.umt.edu/

*** 5/13/20 The Business Emergency Assistance & Recovery (BEAR) Program is a collaboration between Accelerate Montana at UM, UM’s College of Business and Missoula Economic Partnership. The BEAR Program is providing a "single point of entry" to sole proprietors and small businesses requesting assistance or guidance in responding to the COIVD-19 crisis. Whether you or someone you know owns a small business, we want our alumni to know that this program exists to help. When an individual makes an assistance request, the BEAR team is able to: Review CARES Act questions; unemployment questions; Montana Business Recovery questions; Connect individuals with resources and organizations; Coach to reboot business models in a new era of conducting business or managing teams. So far, the BEAR program has served over 40 businesses and individuals, and we look forward to connecting with other businesses seeking help. In addition, we plan to launch some new online courses for business owners during this unprecedented time that focus on rebooting your business model.

REQUEST BUSINESS ASSISTANCE: http://acceleratemontana.umt.edu/covid-resource/default.php [acceleratemontana.umt.edu]

Questions: Paul Gladen, Director of Accelerate Montana and Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars, University of Montana, (406) 243-5723, paul.gladen@mso.umt.edu

Or, Morgan, Blackstone LaunchPad, morgan.slemberger@mso.umt.edu

Commercial Driver’s License (CDL)

The Commit Foundation

https://www.commitfoundation.org/

280 West Kagy Blvd., Suite D 313, Bozeman, MT 59715

COMMIT has proven its ability to build powerful tools, pipelines, and cultures that empower our Nation’s finest in their transition out of uniform. The COMMIT Foundation’s mission is to help exceptional American service members and veterans transition into successful roles and careers post-service.

(571) 306-1323, info@commitfoundation.org

​Edith Nourse Rogers STEM Scholarship for students training in high demand STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields.

Recipients will receive up to nine months of additional Post-9/11 GI Bill* entitlement or a maximum of $30,000. Eligible Post-9/11 GI Bill* students must have either exhausted their entitlement or will exhaust their entitlement within 180 days.

Eligibility for the scholarship has two paths:

•A student enrolled in a STEM program leading to an undergraduate degree who has completed 60 credit hours of their program and requires at least 120 semester (or 180 quarter) credit hours to graduate.

•A student who has earned a STEM undergraduate degree and has enrolled in a teaching certification program.

*GI Bill is a registered trademark of the VA.

APPLY: https://www.va.gov/education/apply-for-education-benefits/application/1995/introduction?fbclid=IwAR2i8EryCgAEtCmLp3NRyjiA4QVl8IjRhb1XRGvtBHLS9gW_AR_jN4ryw34Questions: UM VETS Office, (406) 243-2744, vetsoffice@mso.umt.edu

Or, Shawn Michael Grove, UM VETS Office Director, (406) 243-2744, shawn.grove@umontana.edu

Missoula College VETS Office: Daryl (406) 243-7844, daryl.lee@mso.umt.edu

Electrical Apprenticeship

    Montana Electrical JATC (Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee)

    www.mtelectricaljatc.org

    2616 Bozeman Ave., Helena, MT 59601

    The JATC works with contractors throughout the State of Montana to provide on the job training. We provide a minimum of 8000 hours of on the job training as well as five years of extensive classroom training, which will prepare you to take the Journeyman exam.

    APPLY: http://www.mtelectricaljatc.org/index.cfm?zone=/unionactive/view_page.cfm&page=APPLY20FOR20AN20APPRENTICESHIP

    Questions: (406) 449-7173 or submit email: http://www.mtelectricaljatc.org/index.cfm?zone=/unionactive/contact.cfm

    Or, Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC) Montana: (406) 431-9836, mgtmorgan@morganconsults.com 

    Montana IEC Electrical Apprenticeship Schoolshttps://www.electriciancareersguide.com/electrician-schools-and-training-in-montana

    Ford Veteran Careers Program ~ Apprenticeship

    https://corporate.ford.com/careers/veterans.html

    24-month U.S. Department of Labor and GI Bill® approved registered apprenticeship. Every hired candidate will begin their new Ford Technician career with full-time employment at a participating dealership.

    *** Don Aadsen Ford is joining the program and looking for transitioning Veterans who want to participate at their Ronan dealership.

    Questions: Eric Henricksen, General Manager, Don Aadsen Ford, (406) 676-4420

    FORD: 1-800-392-3673 

    GI Bill Comparison Tool (Go to VA Education below for more info)

    https://www.va.gov/gi-bill-comparison-tool

    Explore your options for GI Bill benefits.

    Questions: Email 223D.VBAVACO@va.gov with “Comparison Tool” (website questions) or other, go to: https://gibill.custhelp.va.gov/app/utils/login_form/redirect/ask

    ​Lifelong Learning Center (MCPS ~ LLC)

    http://missoulaclasses.com/

    Welding, Culinary Arts, Knife Handling, Food Handling, Introduction to Basic Cooking, and MANY others. They have also partnered with Missoula College, “Connections 101” which is  a free opportunity to improve computer, writing and mathematics skills (can satisfy a required intro to computers class & earn up to 7 college credits).

    LLC administers the BEST Plus and BEST Literacy assessments to assess an ESL student’s English skills (English Language Learners).

    Questions: Jodie Rasmussen, Adult Education Supervisor, The Lifelong Learning Center, (406) 549-8765, jlrasmussen@mcps.k12.mt.us

    Military Friendly Schools

    http://militaryfriendly.com/schools/

    Missoula College ~ The Veteran’s Experience 

    HSTA 150 with GenEd credit under Historical (H) and Democracy and Citizenship (Y). The course is designed to enhance general student understanding and to support students who may work with veterans in behavioral health, social work, counseling, or other fields. The course is designed for non-veterans but student veterans may benefit from the materials and perspectives offered. Course Description: Interdisciplinary, historical perspective of the veteran’s experience in American history, since antiquity. and in American society today. Examines the nature of military service, experiences of war, and consequences of service and war on veterans and their families through the study of sources from history, classical literature, literature, philosophy, and ethics. Missoula College will offer this course for the next two years

    thanks to a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

    Teacher / Questions: Liz Barrs, Instructor of Veterans Studies, (406) 830-0209, elizabeth.barrs@umontana.edu

      

    Missoula College ~ VETS Office (River Campus)
    mc.umt.edu

    1205 E. Broadway, Msla, First floor - ROOM 128; Lounge ROOM 133: Computers, dry erase board for study group sessions, and $5 free printing (Soon: refrigerator, microwave, toaster, Keurig and TV with games).
    Daryl is at West Campus Tuesdays, 1-3pm (Room 2 of Welding Bldg)
    ***** Daryl can help you with your Joint Services Transcript (JST) – DANTES
    (College credit and/or Certifications that relate to your military service) http://jointservicetranscript.com
    Questions: Daryl, (406) 243-7844, daryl.lee@mso.umt.edu

    Montana High Tech Business Alliance

    https://mthightech.org/

    1121 E. Broadway, Ste 108, Missoula

    A business-led nonpartisan initiative helping high-tech companies create high-paying jobs in Montana.

    Director: Adjunct Professor in Entrepreneurship, Management and Organizational Behavior at the University of Montana.  

    Contact: Christina Henderson, Director, (406) 552-9157, director@mthightech.org

    Montana Office of Public Instruction, State Approving Agency (SAA) for Veterans Education

    http://opi.mt.gov/Families-Students/Student-Resources/Veterans-Adult-Education

    GI Bill and Apprenticeships ~ Veterans can use their GI bill benefits for apprenticeships (They get the equivalent of their housing allowance as a stipend). Programs also need to be approved by the State Approving Agency. The SAA is also responsible for approving 2 year and 4 year college programs for GI bill eligibility (MT Office of Public Instruction: opi.mt.gov).

    Questions: John, State Approving Authority (SAA) for Veterans Education, (406) 444-4122

    Montana Vocational Rehabilitation (MVR) – DPHHS

    http://www.dphhs.mt.gov/detd/vocrehab/mvrofficesbycounty.aspx

    2675 Palmer, Ste A, Msla

    Questions: (406) 329-5400

    National Veterans’ Training Institute (NVTI) ~ Sponsored by U.S. DOL

    https://www.nvti.org/

    Specialized training and professional skills enhancement for VSP. Focused on training individuals who assist Veterans secure long-term employment. Sponsored by Veterans' Employment & Training Services

    Questions: (844) 423-8872, studentservices@nvti.org

    NPower

    https://www.npower.org/apply/

    FREE, virtual training and certification in technology and digital skills (tech fundamentals, cybersecurity, cloud computing, and coding) for Military Veterans and Spouses (Currently serving or honorably discharged and legally authorized to work in the US).

    Questions: (212) 564-7010, info@npower.org

    NW MT HR Solutions, Inc.

    SPEAKER for “Veterans at Work - Diversity and Inclusion” ~ Ronda offers training to employers on the formal process of becoming a “Veteran Friendly Employer” which is a National SHRM initiative. She helps HR professionals recognize the value of bringing Veterans into their workforce, and the goal is to get to every employer in the state. It's FREE and it's incredibly valuable information. 

    Contact: Ronda Wakefield, SHRM-SCP (SHRM State Council Member), SPHR, CPHR, Owner - NW MT HR Solutions LLC, (406) 250-1120, ronda@nwmthrsolutionsllc.com

    PsychArmor Institute ~ S.A.V.E. Suicide Prevention Course (FREE)

    https://psycharmor.org/courses/s-a-v-e/

    Become empowered to play a vital role in suicide prevention. This course was developed in collaboration with the VA ~ understand how to identify a Veteran who may be at risk for suicide; and, finally, know what to do if you identify a Veteran at risk.

    Questions: (858) 755-3006, info@psycharmor.org

    “Plan BEE!” ~ FREE Hands-On Course in Beekeeping for Beginners.

    Based on the book, “Storey’s Guide to Keeping Honey Bees.” (cut-outs, trap-outs, swarm removals, etc.) 

    PLAN BEE RAFFLE: Plan Bee is a free bee keeping program for Veterans who raises money from the sale of honey, candles, and a precision instrument raffle each year... Honey, candles, and raffle tickets may be purchased at Westland Seed in Ronan.

    Plan Bee, 33291 North Crow Rd., Ronan, MT 59864 OR catch Chuck standing in front of one of the Mission Valley supermarkets on Fridays!

    Questions: Chuck Lewis, Plan Bee (USMC 70-74 & Navy 80-88), Montana Honor Guard, Walking for the Fallen (406) 270-5735, montana.honorguard@hotmail.com or PM on FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/montanahonor.guard

    ​​Rocky Mountain School of Photography

    https://rmsp.com/

    “We happily accept VA benefits for our Professional Intensive program!" 216 Higgins, Missoula

    *** Soon to be at new (and much larger) training facility:  301 Expressway Unit A, Missoula

    Questions: Bob McGowan, Admissions Counselor, (406) 543-0171 OR (800) 394-7677, bobm@rmsp.com

    Royal Tine Guide & Packer School 

    http://www.royaltine.com/courses/veterans-benefits/

    Learn all you need to know to live and work as a wilderness hunting guide.

    Royal Tine is approved for Veterans benefits and job rehabilitation through the Department of Labor 

    Questions: Cody and LeRee Hensen, (406) 859-5138, Cell (406) 370-6737, royal_tine@yahoo.com

    Scholarships & Financial Aid for Active Military & Veterans 
    http://onlinemba.com/resources/financial-aid-and-military-veterans/

    There are many scholarships and financial aid programs available! We would like to encourage students in Missoula to continue their education and invest in a rewarding career.

    Questions: Charlotte Lewis, Outreach Coordinator, charlotte@onlinemba.com

    Scholarships For Veterans And Their Families

    https://www.zippia.com/military-jobs/scholarship/

    Zippia.com is a resource site for job seekers who want to empower their career aspirations with knowledgeable data. We've been featured in USA Today, Forbes, Fortune, CNBC and the NY Times, among other leading publications.

    Questions: Kristy Crane, Public Relations, kristy@zippia.com

    Sentinels of Freedom Scholarship Foundation

    A national nonprofit organization that helps severely wounded post-9/11 Veterans complete their higher education. Veterans receive comprehensive personal support and financial assistance to achieve success in their post-military careers.

    https://www.sentinelsoffreedom.org/

    2303 Camino Ramon, San Ramon, CA

    (925) 380-6342, info@sentinelsoffreedom.org

    Shift ~ Internships with High Growth Companies 

    Sign up: https://www.shift.org/signup

    Career opportunities at high-growth media and technology companies

    VA BLOG: https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/64180/career-opportunities-shift-org/

    Questions / Handbook: https://cdn.shift.org/guide/resources/Shift_Military_Fellowship_Handbook.pdf

    SHRM (Society for HR Management) ~ Veterans at Work Certificate Program

    https://www.shrm.org/foundation/about/pages/veterans-at-work-certificate-program.aspx

    FREE ONLINE Course developed for HR professionals, hiring managers, and front-line supervisors on how to LEARN the value that skilled veterans bring to the civilian workplace; Demonstrate your commitment to attract, hire and retain these talented professionals; Earn 10 professional development credits toward your SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP recertification.

    Questions: Ronda Wakefield, SHRM-SCP (Membership Director), SPHR, CPHR, and Founder and Owner / Consultant of NW MT HR Solutions, (406) 250-1120, ronda@nwmthrsolutionsllc.com

    Simplus & the Vetforce Alliance ~ Salesforce

    https://www.salesforce.com/blog/2019/05/train-hire-military-vetforce.html

    The Salesforce Vetforce Alliance gives military service members and their spouses access to a community of fellow learners and self-paced technical training with Trailhead, Salesforce’s free online learning platform.

    Questions: Kyle Cochrane, Veteran and Simplus Consultant, kylecmt@gmail.com or connect on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kylecochrane/

    Student Veterans of American (SVA)

    SVA and other Veterans Service Organizations are asking for your input to improve their resources and programs. Sharing your unique stories and experiences will pay it forward for future generations of Veterans –

    SURVEY: https://atlas.studentveterans.org/

    Study Edge

    https://studyedge.com/landing/

    Veterans Study Smarter, Not Harder for Free ~ VA BLOG: https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/63875/study-edge/

    To unlock the free semester, email veterans@studyedge.com to set up a membership.

    Suicide Prevention Training

    VA and PsychArmor Institute: https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/49409/va-psycharmor-institute-offer-online-suicide-prevention-training/

    FREE 25-minute online training course https://psycharmor.org/courses/s-a-v-e/ (Suicide as a public health issue in the U.S.; Signs that a Veteran may be at risk for suicide; Actions people can take if they identify a Veteran at risk)

    ​Transition Assistance Program (TAP)

    Locator: https://www.taonline.com/TapOffice/veteran-military-Find-TAP-office

    Montana Family Readiness Center, Malmstrom AFB, 7215 - 7911 Goddard Ave., (406) 731-4900: https://341fss.com/airman-family-readiness/

    Malmstrom Air Force Base Pre-Discharge Intake Site: 3633 Veterans Dr., Fort Harrison, (800) 827-1000

    Or, Scott J. Smith, MT Transition Assistance Advisor (TAA), Skyline Ultd Inc. (Contractor), (406) 324-3257, scott.j.smith.ctr@mail.mil

    ************ UNIVERSITY OF MONTANA ***********

    ****** UM Notification of Intent ******

    UM VETS Office, “If you haven’t done so yet, please submit your Notification of Intent form through our webpage, https://www.umt.edu/veterans/ so we can certify your enrollment to the VA. 

    Questions: UM VETS Office, (406) 243-2744, vetsoffice@mso.umt.edu

    ​***** UPCOMING GRADUATES *****
    The VETS Office provides FREE Veteran Honor Cords for those who have served in the military and are graduating (Provide proof of service, DD214, etc. if you have not used a VA education benefit at UM).
    Stop by the VETS Office at 1000 E. Beckwith to pick up your cord Monday through Friday between 8am and 5pm.
    Questions: UM VETS Office, (406) 243-2744, vetsoffice@mso.umt.edu


    UM ~ Academic Enrichment

    Davidson 002, University of Montana, (406) 243-2835, andrea.rhoades@umontana.edu

    UM AmeriCorps ~ Montana Campus Compact

    https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/search.do

    Montana Campus Compact: https://mtcompact.org/americorps-vista/apply-to-serve/

    Montana Campus Compact advances the public purposes of colleges and universities to improve community life and educate students for civic and social responsibility.

    Questions: Dannette Fadness, BFA, BS, MPA, Montana Campus Compact, AmeriCorps Program Manager, (406) 243-5181, fadness@mtcompact.org

    Or, Montana Campus Compact, University of Montana, DHC #020, 32 Campus Dr., Missoula, (406) 243-5177

    UM Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) Opportunities

    Staff at UM Army ROTC are ALL Veterans and have various service backgrounds. 

    The Army ROTC is a great opportunity for college graduates to commission as Army Officers. 

    Questions: (406) 243-2769 (ARMY)

    Or, Tracy Mitchell, GS, University of Montana Army ROTC, (406) 243-4400,tracy.mitchell@mso.umt.edu

    UM ROTC Community Outreach Coordinator, Andrew Milzarski, (253) 777-8085,milzarski@gmail.com

    UM College of the Arts & Media ~ Montana Repertory Theatre 

    https://montanarep.com/

    PARTV 101, 32 Campus Dr., Missoula

    FYI: “ReEntry” will be the final show of the Montana Repertory Theatre’s 2020-2021 Season, ReEntry is a docudrama drawn from over 100 interviews with US service members and their families. Honest, moving, and surprisingly funny, the play explores the challenges of reintegrating into home and community after tours of duty overseas. Following a two-week run in Missoula, ReEntry will tour Montana, with 10 additional performances across the state. Questions: Michael Legg, Artistic Director, Michael.Legg@mso.umt.edu

    Montana Repertory Theatre: (406) 243-6809

    UM Department of Counseling’s Workshop Series, "Counseling Veterans and Their Families"

    Each session offers 13 CEs (continuation education credits) or 3 graduate level credits for UM students who take all 3 session. Topics are (All sessions are from 9am – 5pm):

    Session I (October 25 – October 26):

    The Challenges of Military Experience for Children and Families, presented by Jo Hittner, PhD

    Session II (November 8 – November 9):

    Soldier’s Heart: Counseling Combat Veterans at End of Life, presented by Cyndi Briggs, PhD,

    Session III (November 22 – November 23):

    Military Life Transitions: Understanding and Supporting Military Personnel through Deployment and Seperation/Retirement, presented by Alissa Engel, MS, LCPC, LMFT

    REQUEST REGISTRATION FORM / Questions:  Becky Hawkins, Phyllis J. Washington College of Education (coehs.umt.edu), Dept of Counseling, (406) 243-5252, rebecca.hawkins@umontana.edu

    UM Entrepreneurs ~ Blackstone LaunchPad

    http://www.umt.edu/launchpad/


    UM ~ Handshake

    https://umt.joinhandshake.com/login?requested_authentication_method=standard

    The University of Montana uses it for students for employment and internships

    UM ~ JOBS

    http://umjobs.silkroad.com

    Griz eRecruiting – Student, Alumni & Employers:http://life.umt.edu/career/GrizeRecruiting/

    UM ~ Legal Asst for Low Income Veterans

    The Veterans Advocacy Clinic at the School of Law has been partnering with the State Bar Veterans Law Section to train lawyers in the military discharge upgrade process. Interested veterans or service providers can email VeteransAdvClinic@mso.umt.edu

    Questions: Hillary Wandler, Professor & Director, Alexander Blewett III School of Law, Clinic Wing, Room 110, University of Montana, 32 Campus Dr., Msla, (406) 243-6788, hillary.wandler@umontana.edu

    Schedule an Appointment:  https://calendly.com/hillary-wandler

    UM ~ Montana Campus Compact

    http://mtcompact.org/

    Dannette Fadness, MOLLI Coordinator, 302 University Hall, Missoula

    (406) 543-5181,fadness@mtcompact.org 

    UM Neural Injury Center ~ HONOR STUDY (PTS Medication Study)

    https://news.umt.edu/2017/12/121817ptsd.php

    To participate in the trial, Montana veterans can visit www.thehonorstudy.com to see if they qualify and to enroll. If veterans qualify and choose to participate, they will receive study-related care at no cost. Veterans also will receive compensation for time and travel to attend study visits. Health insurance is not required to participate in the study, and a Certificate of Confidentiality is provided to participants to protect their privacy.

    Questions: Cindi Laukes, MA, Chief Operating Officer, Neural Injury Center, University of Montana, (406) 243-4017, Cindi.Laukes@mso.umt.edu

    UM Office of Civic Engagement

    DHC 020C, University of Montana, Colleen Kane, Associate Director, (406) 243-5128,colleen.kane@mso.umt.edu

    UM Veterans Advocacy Clinic (VAC)

    https://www.umt.edu/law/academics/clinics/veterans-advocacy.php

    The VAC supports low-income veterans through legal representation, legal consultation, and outreach, ensuring that the systems designed to support veterans are held accountable. The VAC is an active and motivated team environment.

    Questions: Hillary Wandler, Professor | Director, Veterans Advocacy Clinic, Clinic Wing, Room 110, Alexander Blewett III School of Law, UM, (406) 243-6788, hillary.wandler@umontana.edu

    Or, Dannette Fadness, BFA, BS, MPA, Montana Campus Compact, AmeriCorps Program Manager, (406) 243-5181, fadness@mtcompact.org

    UM VETS Office ~ University of Montana

    umt.edu/veterans

    1000 E. Beckwith, Missoula, (406) 243-2744

    Assistance with VA Education and Training / GI BILL, computer lab,

    tutoring, day lockers, TV, video games, kitchen / coffee / food cupboard, and social events.

    VETERANS STUDY LOUNGE, Mansfield Library (Room 407 - Please limit reservations to three hour blocks)

    Study Jam, near VETS Outpost (Lommasson 229, Griz Central) ~ Monday & Wednesdays 6:30-9pm (FREE tutors)

    ​***Interest FREE Loans Available

    The VA has sent a communication out to inform us that VA education benefits are delayed for some students.  If you are in a situation where the VA has not paid your monthly stipend or housing allowance, please contact the VETS Office so that we can make an inquiry with the VA.

    The Financial Aid Office offers a Short Term Loan

    http://www.umt.edu/finaid/types-of-aid/loans/institutional-loans/default.php). 

    Loans are interest free as long as they are repaid within 90 days.  They also will give the check directly to you instead of applying it to your tuition and fees costs.  That means you could have cash in hand in 24-48 hours.

    Questions: VETS Office, University of Montana, (406) 243-2744, vetsoffice@mso.umt.edu

    ***SEEKING Student Veteran Mentors

    https://sa.umt.edu/apps/sa/hiring/job/135

    Or, if you need a mentor contact (406) 243-2744

    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Veterans Curation Program

    https://veteranscurationprogram.org/

    The VCP was created to process at-risk archaeological collections belonging to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. VCP employs Veterans as laboratory technicians to perform this work.  This includes cleaning, re-housing, photographing, and cataloging, providing Veterans a valuable bridging experience from active duty into the public sector.

    APPLY https://veteranscurationprogram.org/how-to-apply/

    Questions: https://veteranscurationprogram.org/contact-us/

    US DOL Apprenticeship Locator

    https://www.apprenticeship.gov

    Apprenticeship is an industry-driven, high-quality career pathway where employers can develop and prepare their future workforce, and individuals can obtain paid work experience, classroom instruction, and a portable, nationally-recognized credential.

    Questions: 877-US-2JOBS (1-877-872-5627)

    ​VA EDUCATIONAL BENEFITS

    https://www.vets.gov/gi-bill-comparison-tool

    APPLY - GI Bill:

    ​http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/apply.asp  

    Current payment rates

    http://www.benefits.va.gov/GIBILL/resources/benefits_resources/rate_tables.asp
    WEAMS ~ VA Approved Education (To use GI Bill)

    https://inquiry.vba.va.gov/weamspub/searchInst.do#content-area

    VA Vocational Rehabilitation (Chapter 31 Program)

    Info & Apply: http://www.benefits.va.gov/vocrehab

    LOCAL OFFICE: 2681 Palmer St., Ste N, Msla, (406) 258-1084

    Fort Harrison (406) 495-2012

    Veteran Air Warriors

    https://veteranairwarriors.org/

    1001 S 24th St W, Creekside One Ste 111, Billings, Montana

    Visit our website to apply and have Veteran Air Warriors Guide you to a Career in Aviation! VAW was founded by Mike Overstreet, Owner & Founder of Corporate Air and a U.S. Marine. He had the vision of helping Veterans find a significant career path within the aviation industry. Michael Overstreet, (406) 530-7229, info@veteranairwarriors.org

    Executive Director: Jake Penwell, US Navy Veteran, jakepenwell@hotmail.com

    Veterans Green Corps (MT Conservation Corps) ~ FREE Wildland Firefighting Training for Veterans

    https://mtcorps.org/join/opportunities-for-veterans/veterans-green-corps/

    Questions: Western Wildlands, 508 Toole Ave., Missoula, (406) 728-2720

    Vets In Tech – Education, Entrepreneurship and Employment

    http://www.vetsintech.co/

    VetsinTech supports our current and returning Veterans with re-integration services, and by connecting them to the national technology ecosystem.

    Veterans Upward Bound ~ FREE College Prep Courses

    http://vubmt.com/locations/missoula.php

    Complete academic refresher available live online for Veterans who don’t have access to on campus classes

    or who prefer to participate from home. VUB will help you get academically prepared for college or a training program with classes and workshops (Algebra, Computers Skills, Writing) so you are ready to be back in an educational environment, know what to expect and have the skills you need.  For questions about admissions, GI Bill and financial aid, how to choose a major or pick classes, find student support services on campus, anything you wonder about regarding starting college as a Veteran, we are here.  VUB has helped Veterans prepare for and enroll in college since 1992. 

    Questions: Toll Free (800) 356-8387 or (406) 794-3244, admissions@vubmt.com

    Lori Borth Project Director (Lori can assist you with questions about college admissions or financial aid), (406) 794-3063, lborth@vubmt.com

    Michael Wolff Project & Technology Manager (Michael can assist you with technical questions, Comfit or Moodle), (406) 794-3053 | mwolff@vubmt.com

    Shane Grantham Administrative Support (Shane can assist you with questions about VA benefits/claims), (406) 272-6372, sgrantham@vubmt.com

    Stacie Grandpre Administrative Services Coordinator (Stacie can assist you with VUB program questions, outreach or tax prep assistance), (406) 209-8609, sgrandpre@vubmt.com

    Steven Funk Academic Advisor (Steven can assist you with questions about university coursework & utilizing D2L), (406) 794-3309, sfunk@vubmt.com

    Schedule an appointment with one of the staff: http://vubmt.com/resources/directory.php

    OR - LOCAL: Daryl, UM / Missoula College VETS Office, (406) 243-7844, daryl.lee@mso.umt.edu

    Whitetail Ranch Center ~ Three Forks

    http://whitetailranchcenter.org/

    WRC’s mission is to empower Veterans to “lead independent, productive, and healthy lives.”

    The ranch will be open in 2020 and will include an intense, 6 months – 2 year program (free) of “pathways” and “added value projects” (culinary training, equine-assisted therapy, growing squash / melons / berries) to learn vocational skills. WRC will be able to assist Veteran entrepreneurs with business plans, setting up SBA loans, etc.

    Questions: Julie M. Tudor, ED.D., CEO/Co-Founder, Whitetail Ranch Center (WRC), 123 Main St. #2, Three Forks, (406) 404-7300, julie@whitetailranchcenter.org

     


     
     

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