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Education & Training Programs

Missoula Region: Apprenticeships, Aviation, Bitterroot College, CDL, LLC / MCPS, Missoula College, NVTI, OSHA, RMSP, Scholarships, University of Montana, Veterans Upward Bound, Veteran Readiness & Employment (VR&E), Veterans Rapid Retraining Assistance Program (VRRAP), Wilderness Medicine, and MANY MORE!

UNIVERSITY OF MONTANA ~ Military & Veteran Service Office (MVSO): https://www.umt.edu/veterans/

UM EVENTS Calendar: https://www.umt.edu/events/default.php

Accelerate Montana - Veterans Workforce: www.acceleratemt.com

Veterans Workforce Consultant for Accelerate Montana (University of Montana), which supports Veteran training and placement in a civilian career. Contact Peter Baker - Rapid Training Program Director (406) 243-7856, peter.baker@mso.umt.edu

VIDEO: https://youtu.be/T7UoRZDZZ9A

Questions: Katherine Lechman - Job Site Ready Program Manager (847) 594-2484, katherine.lechman@mso.umt.edu  

Aerie Backcountry Medicine: https://aeriemedicine.com/contact

Veterans can use their GI Bill on our Montana courses! We offer a variety of classes (Wilderness First Aid, Wilderness Medicine / EMT and Certs: Search & Rescue, Rope Rescue, Swiftwater Rescue) We love having Veterans in our classes!

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

American Military University (AMU): https://www.amu.apus.edu/military/veterans.html

As the #1 provider of higher education for veterans using GI Bill® benefits, AMU has the knowledge and experience you need to ease your transition to civilian life and excel in your next mission.

Questions: 877-755-2787, info@apus.edu

American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA): https://dli.mt.gov/arpa

Job Service Montana is offering rapid retraining and upskilling programs across the state for individuals seeking accelerated training in a wide range of fields, including commercial driver's licenses (CDLs), dental & medical assistants, building inspection, and MORE!  

Questions: Job Service Missoula (406) 728-7060

​AmeriCorps VISTA  ~ Montana Campus Compact: https://mtcompact.org/americorps-vista/

Apprenticeships: http://apprenticeship.mt.gov/

Questions: Amber Lamb - Equity & Diversity Coordinator, Registered Apprenticeship Program (Missoula) (406) 218-7487, Cell (406) 531-6485, amber.lamb@mt.gov

  • VETERANS: Decide on occupation; prepare a cover letter, resume, schedule a mock interview; contact potential employers. Jack Davies - Second Lieutenant in the Montana Army National Guard & Registered Apprenticeship Specialist, Montana DLI 539 South 3rd St. West, Missoula (406) 490 8788, John.Davies@mt.gov

  • WEAMS (VA approved programs - click on the drop down, go to apprenticeships, and search by state): https://inquiry.vba.va.gov/weamspub/buildSearchInstitutionCriteria.do

Questions: UM Military & Veteran Service Office, 1000 Beckwith (406) 243-2500, daryl.lee@mso.umt.edu

OR DEAN: Tom Gallagher, Tom.Gallagher@mso.umt.edu; Admin (406) 243-7812

​ASUM ~ Associated Students of the University of Montana

Contact: Isaac Laʻa, Veteran and Student Senator, ASUM (Isaac is also the Treasurer for UM Pacific Islanders Club), University Center, Suite 211, Missoula, (406) 243-2636,  isaac.laa@umontana.edu

Bitterroot College of the University of Montana: https://www.umt.edu/bitterroot-college/offer/workforce/pg-current.php

Questions: Shane Kravik - Outreach and Recruitment Coordinator, Accelerate MT, shane.kravik@mso.umt.edu

OR Bitterroot College, 103 South 9th Street, Hamilton (406) 375-0100

Bitterroot School of Cosmetology ~ Hamilton & Missoula: http://bitterrootschoolofcosmetology.com/

Missoula (Bitterroot School of Cosmetology North) - Tuition: http://bitterrootschoolofcosmetology.com/programs/missoula-tuition/

Barbara is licensed in MT & ID and holds numerous certifications in the field of cosmetology. Douglas has contracted with the U.S. DoD, U.S. Forest Service and private industry.

Questions: Barbara & Douglas Daughenbaugh - Owners, (406) 363-3355 or submit: http://bitterrootschoolofcosmetology.com/contact-us/

Blackstone LaunchPad ~ Entrepreneurs: https://www.umt.edu/launchpad/

Co-curricular, experiential, campus program designed to introduce entrepreneurship as a viable career path.

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

CNA & MSA Training

Commercial Driver’s License (CDL)

Indeed, in collaboration with Hiring Our Heroes, Transforce Group, and Troops Into Transportation is excited to announce the launch of the Drive for 500 program available to veterans, members of the National Guard and Reserve, and military spouses. As part of Indeed’s commitment to the military community, it is funding 500 Class A CDL training scholarships through Transforce Group’s Troops Into Transportation Master Driving Program (scholarships will cover all costs, excluding meals and incidental costs): https://share.hsforms.com/1Egg2srekQdWHHk1L7lWm-Acar5h

Cyber Montana: https://cybermontana.org/

  • Cyber Rapid Training Certificate of Technical Studies (CTS) Program ~ Upgrade your cybersecurity skills by earning industry-recognized certifications offered through the University of Montana Missoula College.

  • Course Catalog: https://catalog.umt.edu/

  • DOD Approved Certifications: https://public.cyber.mil/wid/cwmp/dod-approved-8570-baseline-certifications/

  • Targeting Veterans and active military members! Contact Christopher Prosa – Director of Workforce Training & Career Education, Missoula College & Program Manager - CyberMontana (406) 243-7816, christopher.prosa@mso.umt.edu

  • Cyber Security ~ State of Federal Cyber Workforce: https://lnkd.in/gDr4Z7FB; A proposed amendment to the 2023 National Defense Authorization Act would establish a pilot program to provide Veterans and military spouses with cybersecurity training, as part of an effort to address gaps in the nation’s cybersecurity workforce (700,000 ++ cyber jobs to fill nationwide!). They'll be able to “offer veterans the cutting-edge workforce training they need to succeed in today’s economy.” (at NO COST) Follow them on LinkedIn: https://lnkd.in/g26tMUX2

Questions: Tom Gallagher – DEAN, Tom.Gallagher@mso.umt.edu

Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) ~ Office of Commissioner of Higher Education: https://mus.edu/eoc/

Grant received from Department of Education to help military families access college, go through the admissions process, and provide services to improve financial and economic literacy.

Questions: Chase Anderson - Outreach Advisory at Missoula College (406) 431-5057, canderson@montana.edu

Electrical Apprenticeship

Questions: (406) 449-7173 OR Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC) Montana: (406) 431-9836, mgtmorgan@morganconsults.com 

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Farmer Veteran Coalition (FVC) ~ Veteran Fellowship: https://farmvetco.org/fvfellowship/

Wellness, education, and community collaboration opportunities to support the success of Veterans in Agriculture.

VA News - Farming & Bee Keeping: https://news.va.gov/130847/free-farming-and-beekeeping-opportunities-for-veterans/ Montana questions: (406) 459-2746, montana@farmvetco.org OR visit https://farmvetco.org/chapters

Fight or Flight ~ EMT, CPR / First Aid: https://fightorflighteme.com/

This course prepares competent Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) for a rewarding future of saving lives! Earn or renew your MT EMT license / NREMT card - A traditional 24-hour refresher is no longer required!

Questions: Danielle Pettry, PhD - Owner/Lead Instructor (304) 543-6208, danielle@fightorflighteme.com

Flagger Certification Classes: http://www.montanalaborerstrusts.org/

Laborers Local 1686 has flagging jobs available in your area. Become a Certified Flagger in this one-day class recognized by the State of Montana and covers positioning, clothing, hazardous situations, traffic control devices, pilot car, etc. (800) 408-9766

Flathead Valley Community College ~ Kalispell: https://www.fvcc.edu/

Wendy Jeschke – Coordinator & Student Engagement at FVCC has a Veteran Club on campus & is interested in partnering w/other Veteran groups. Contact Wendy at wjeschke@fvcc.edu

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 OR FORD: 1-800-392-3673 

Freedom Learning Group: https://www.freedomlearninggroup.com/

Founded by a military family! As part of the FLG project team, you will work directly with other Subject Matter Experts, Instructional Designers, and Project Managers to design and develop instructionally narrated video courses in Business. (407) 965-2000, admin@freedomlearninggroup.com

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

GI Bill HOTLINE 1-888-442-4551

Grand Canyon University (GCU): https://www.gcu.edu/rmi/standalone?gcu_campaign=ECLP&gcu_source=REFERRAL

Specialize in helping Veterans, Spouses, and their dependents further their educational goals through their military benefits. Contact: Bronson Siewiyumptewa – GCU Development Counselor, Military Division, Direct (602) 513-4555 (GCU toll free 877-626-5513), Bronson.Siewiyumpt@gcu.edu OR Chris Landauer (602) 770-1269, Chris.Landauer@gcu.edu or resolutions@gcu.edu

Griz Career Network – Group “Military & Veteran Network”: https://umt.peoplegrove.com/hub/montana-connect/groups/military-and-veteran-community/about

A social networking platform for UM Alumni & student Veterans!

Homeless Training Institute: http://www.homelesstraining.com/

Online training that teaches your staff how to ​confidently and compassionately ​solve problem behavior ​from troubled individuals.

Homeless Triggers ~ Most homeless individuals have suffered from trauma - physical abuse, sexual abuse, abadonment, eviction, etc. This brief clip of our Core Training about unwanted touch and how it ties to trauma: https://vimeo.com/478471920/0932d814de

Questions: Krissie Dowd - Homeless Training Institute, krissie@homelesstraining.com

OR Ryan Dowd, ryan@homelesslibrary.com

​​Incumbent Worker Training (IWT - FY22): www.iwt.mt.gov

The Incumbent Worker Training (IWT) program is a grant funding resource, helping to off-set a portion of skills-based training costs for incumbent (existing) workers employed by Montana's small business (<50 employees statewide). Businesses must demonstrate training will increase the worker's skill-level, result in a promotion or wage gain, or expand their business market / increase business revenue, with the intent of preserving existing jobs for Montana residents.

VISIT “How Grant Funding Works” FIRST: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MY3m6XYUZzs

Online application: https://funding.mt.gov/index.do

Questions: Michelle Robinson – Montana DLI, IWT & Federal Bonding Program Manager (406) 444-3351, Michelle.Robinson@mt.gov

Intelligent “guide to the best military-friendly colleges” (UM is “Best in the West”): https://www.intelligent.com/best-online-colleges/military/

Questions: evelyn@intelligent.com

​​​Lifelong Learning Center (MCPS ~ LLC): http://missoulaclasses.com/

310 South Curtis St., Missoula, MT  59801

Welding, Culinary Arts, Knife / Food Handling; BEST Plus and BEST Literacy assessments; Academic Success Program; Ed2go; career-based courses and more short term courses. Questions: Jodie Rasmussen, Adult Education Supervisor (406) 549-8765

Media Workshops at MCAT: https://mcat.org/

Media Resource - Missoula Community Radio / MCAT offers training in studio use editing, podcasting and more! You can use the media resource facility to edit video, checkout cameras, use the studio, learn green screen special effects, have a talk show or just explore the world of media. FREE - Questions: Missoula Community Radio & TV (406) 542-6228, mcat@mcat.org

Microsoft Software & Systems Academy (MSSA): https://military.microsoft.com/programs/microsoft-software-systems-academy/

Since 2013, MSSA has been supporting service members and Veterans in their efforts to launch new careers in tech. As of February 2021, MSSA will be delivered virtually to eligible U.S. service members and Veterans for FREE!

Email MSCAops@microsoft.com to receive an invite to our weekly information sessions—which are a mandatory part of the application process.

Military Friendly Schools: http://militaryfriendly.com/schools/

Missoula Aging Services ~ Lifelong Connections Program: https://missoulaagingservices.org/get-help/daily-living/lifelong-connections.html

The program provides tablets with internet service and training to older adults so they can connect with online resources, friends, and family.

Questions: (406) 728-7682 OR jschultz@missoulaagingservices.org


Missoula City-County Health Department ~ Substance Use Disorders (SUD): https://justfive.org/sudmt/

Retain employees who may be struggling with SUD (harm reduction / reduction of stigma). Learn who’s at risk, how to know if a person has a substance use disorder, and more. If your organization is interested in the SHATTERPROOF “Just Five” please contact Leah Fitch-Brody (406) 258-3023, lfitch-brody@missoulacounty.us

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

Missoula City/County ~ Crisis Intervention Team (CIT): https://www.ci.missoula.mt.us/2763/Missoula-Crisis-Intervention-Team-CIT; 435 Ryman St., Missoula, MT 59802 Phone: 406-552-6300
FREE training opportunities: Mental Health First Aid AND Navigating Crises in the Workplace

Questions: Theresa Williams, LCSW, CMHPP - CIT Program Manager, Missoula Police Department (406) 830-0796 / Office (406) 552-6398, WilliamsT@ci.missoula.mt.us OR Ryan, KamuraR@ci.missoula.mt.us

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 free printing. Joint Services Transcript (JST) – DANTES (College credit and/or Certifications that relate to your military service) Questions: Daryl Lee, daryl.lee@mso.umt.edu

Montana DLI Programs Specialist (4th Floor, Room 444): Angie McDonald

(406) 218-7496, amcdonald@mt.gov

Missoula Public Library ~ FREE classes: https://www.missoulapubliclibrary.org/home/programs-events/ongoing-programs/classes/tech-connect/;  “World’s Best Public Library” of 2022 Schedule of Events: https://www.missoulapubliclibrary.org/home/programs-events/calendar-of-events/; Questions: Library (406) 721-2665, mslaplib@missoula.lib.mt.us

Montana Conservation Corps ~ Veterans Green Corps: https://www.mtcorps.org/

FREE Wildland Firefighting Training for Veterans. Western Wildlands, 508 Toole Ave., Missoula (406) 728-2720

Montana Health & Safety ~ CPR/AED/First Aid Classes: https://montanahealthandsafety.com/

I would like to offer a discounted rate to any veteran who would like to register. Call Rachel directly to register

Questions: Racheal - Montana Health and Safety (406) 314-7024, montana.healthandsafety@gmail.com

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 Human Rights Bureau (HRB) - YOUTUBE: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzXLmN6JYzWHIRp5yX4ZrYQ/featured; Questions: Marieke Beck - Bureau Chief (406) 444.4344, CE2551@mt.gov

Montana Manufacturing Extension Center ~ Training Calendar: https://www.montana.edu/mmec/training/training-calendar.html; Statewide manufacturing outreach and assistance center with extensive experience in manufacturing and business in a variety of industries.   Missoula (1121 E. Broadway): Steve Dybdal (406) 493-5314, steven.dybdal@montana.edu; Distance Learning: Academic Technology (406) 994-6836, ato@montana.edu

Montana OPI SAA (State Approving Agency) for Veterans Education: https://www.benefits.va.gov/GIBILL/

Although each state is different and unique, here in Montana the SAA has been assigned to the Department of Labor and Industry (DLI).

  • The main function of the Montana SAA is to review, evaluate, and approve/re-approve education and training programs in order to allow eligible veterans and beneficiaries to utilize their VA education benefits (commonly known as GI Bill®) while participating in or attending these approved programs.

  • A secondary function of the Montana SAA is providing oversight and supervision of all approved programs throughout the state, with the objectives of monitoring fiscal accountability and safeguarding veteran benefits.

  • GI Bill® approved programs can include post-secondary education and training programs offered at Institutions of Higher Learning (IHLs), non-college degree schools, trade/vocational schools, flight schools, and apprenticeships/OJT programs offered by employers. 

  • How the GI Bill® Works: When an eligible veteran or beneficiary decides to use his or her VA education benefits, this typically means that school tuition or program costs will be paid. Although every veteran or beneficiary may have different amounts or percentage of benefits, this benefit provides some level of financial assistance. It also provides a book stipend and monthly housing allowance. For eligible veterans or beneficiaries interested in using their GI Bill®, they are encouraged to visit the following website to find out more information, determine eligibility, and/or apply for their education benefits: https://www.va.gov/education/

Additionally, the following two resources can be used to search for GI Bill® approved schools or employers in Montana and around the U.S.: 

  1. WEAMSThis database will list the schools and employers by state and also the individual programs that are approved for each facility. 

  2. GI Bill Comparison Tool This website can be used to search for specific GI Bill® schools /employers and obtaining details on tuition and fees, housing allowance/stipend, and contact information. Please know GI Bill® benefits cannot be used for programs at schools or training establishments that have NOT been approved by the SAA.* 

Questions: SAA@mt.gov 

John Stankowiak - Montana State Approving Agency (SAA) 406.444.4122, john.stankowiak@mt.gov

OR Brandy Keely - Montana SAA GI Bill® Education and Training (406) 444-4371, Brandy.Keely@mt.gov

Montana Vocational Rehabilitation (MVR) – DPHHS: http://www.dphhs.mt.gov/detd/vocrehab/mvrofficesbycounty.aspx 2675 Palmer, Ste A, Missoula (406) 329-5400

MSU Extension ~ Master Remote Worker Certification Training

1-month specialized course designed to equip workers and business owners with training needed to: Find a job working remotely; Expand a business to serve customers remotely; Increase skill levels for people already working remotely.

The Job Service might be able to pay for the course via WIOA adult (low income) or dislocated worker (laid off). It is ideal for people who hope to freelance, to work from home for an employer, and entrepreneurs.

INFO / REGISTER: https://msuextension.org/communitydevelopment/remote-work-certificate.html

Questions: Tara Mastel (406) 490-4180, tara.mastel@montana.edu

OR Chery - Dislocated Worker Grant Program Manager, Montana DLI, csabol@mt.gov

National Veterans’ Training Institute (NVTI) ~ Sponsored by U.S. DOL VETS: https://www.nvti.org/

Specialized training and professional skills enhancement for VSP. Focused on training individuals who assist Veterans secure employment. Class Schedule: https://www.nvti.org/Training/NVTI-Class-Schedule

Community of Practice (CoP) is a forum for HVRP grantees to connect with each other and with NVTAC staff: https://nvtac.org/community-of-practice/; 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.

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

NW MT HR Solutions, Inc.

“Veterans at Work - Diversity and Inclusion” ~ Ronda offers free 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!

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

Operation Next: https://www.opnextjobs.com/locations/montana/

Free program open to Veterans who want to get a certification in Welding or CNC. 1 weekend per mo. at Montana Highlands College. 6mo certification / credits issued by MT Tech.

Questions: Ben - Director of Strategy, Next Frontier Advanced Manufacturing Institute (NFAMI), bkohler@utrs.com

OSHA 10 ~ Construction & General Industry: https://erd.dli.mt.gov/safety-health/osha-10-training

10-hour instructor led courses that can be either in person or virtual: “OSHA 10 Hour Construction” and the “OSHA 10 Hour General Industry” - Upon completion of these courses, trainees will receive an OSHA certification card which is considered a high priority for careers in which safety is paramount and can give potential applicants a leg up when applying for jobs.

FREE Safety Consultation - Request: https://erd.dli.mt.gov/safety-health/onsite-consultation/

Questions: David Sheldon - MT DLI OSHA Instructor (406) 697-8478,  david.sheldon@mt.gov

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. Understand how to identify a Veteran who may be at risk for suicide & know what to do if you identify a Veteran at risk. (858) 755-3006, info@psycharmor.org

Reach Higher Montana: https://www.reachhighermontana.org/

Career planning for students where counselors offer scholarships, monthly drawings, and teacher “externships” Jun-Jul. Work-Based Learning Collaborative: www.wblmt.org; Questions: Mike Lincoln, CCSP – Western MT Region (406) 253-4685, mlincoln@ReachHigherMontana.org

​​Rocky Mountain School of Photography: https://rmsp.com/

“We happily accept VA benefits for our Professional Intensive program!" For over 30 years, we've been offering excellent photographic instruction through in-person, hands-on courses that can accommodate any skill level.

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

Royal Tine Guide & Packer School: https://www.royaltine.com/

Learn all you need to know to live and work as a wilderness hunting guide. Royal Tine's school course curriculum qualifies for payment of tuition under the Post 9/11 GI Bill: https://www.royaltine.com/courses/veterans-benefits/

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

Salesforce ~ Simplus Vetforce Alliance: https://veterans.force.com/s/program-overview

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: https://www.salesforce.com/blog/2019/05/train-hire-military-vetforce.html; Missoula Contact: Kyle Cochrane, Veteran and Simplus Consultant, kylecmt@gmail.com or connect on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kylecochrane/

Scholarships & Financial Aid
There are many scholarships and financial aid programs available for Veterans, military service members, and spouses!

For local information, please contact the UM VETS Office, 1000 E. Beckwith (406) 243-2500, daryl.lee@mso.umt.edu

Shift ~ Internships with High Growth Companies: 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 - contact Ronda - SHRM-SCP (Membership Director), SPHR, CPHR, and Founder and Owner / Consultant of NW MT HR Solutions, (406) 250-1120, ronda@nwmthrsolutionsllc.com

​Student Loan Forgiveness Program: https://www.umt.edu/financial-education/

Meeting with people both in-person and virtually. Call (406) 243-2800 to schedule an appointment; Julie Heaton (406) 243-5507, Julie.heaton@mso.umt.edu; Andrea (406) 243-6016, Andrea.janssen@mso.umt.edu


Student Veterans of American (SVA) ~ SURVEY: https://atlas.studentveterans.org/

Sharing your unique stories and experiences will pay it forward for future generations of Veterans!

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.

Substance Use Disorder (SUD) ~ Missoula C-CHD SHATTERPROOF “Just Five”: https://justfive.org/sudmt/

1 in 3 people is affected by addiction or mental health issues. In just five minutes per lesson - the most important concepts and facts regarding addiction. Questions: Leah (406) 258-3023, lfitch-brody@missoulacounty.us

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)

Summit Career Center: https://summitcareercenter.org/

FREE job training! Nonprofit organization fostering economic and spiritual empowerment through career and community development. Serving Missoula (at LLC) & Ravalli Counties (100 Fort Owen Ranch Rd, Stevensville) 406-777-7232, info@summitcareercenter.org

Swan Mountain Wilderness Guide School: https://www.guideschoolmontana.com/

GI Bill® approved outdoor guide school, hunting techniques & outfitter training in the Bigfork/Swan Lake area. Questions: Megan Tabor - VP/manager +1 406-387-4405, megan@swanmountainoutfitters.com

Trade & Tech Scholarships: https://awardmontana.mus.edu/

Montana University System, Office of Commissioner of Higher Education and Governor Gianforte are offering $1K scholarships for full time students. FLYER: https://www.reachhighermontana.org/fileadmin/Documents/Scholarships/GianforteTradeScholarshipInfoSheet_21-22.pdf; Questions: 800-537-7508, AwardMontana@montana.edu

​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/; 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 ~ Military & Veteran Service Office (MVSO) ***********

  • Submit your Notification of Intent Form through our webpage, so we can certify your enrollment to the VA: https://www.umt.edu/veterans/

  • ​UPCOMING GRADUATES: 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).

Questions: 1000 E Beckwith Ave., Missoula (406) 243-2744, vetsoffice@mso.umt.edu

DIRECTOR: Pat Beckwith (406) 243-2500, patrick.beckwith@mso.umt.edu

Program Manager: Daryl, daryl.lee@mso.umt.edu

Service Access Specialist (School Certifying Official): Caleb, caleb.logan@mso.umt.edu

UM Davidson Honors (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: 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 (406) 243-2769 (ARMY) OR Tracy Mitchell, GS, University of Montana Army ROTC, (406) 243-4400, tracy.mitchell@mso.umt.edu

UM College of the Arts & Media ~ Montana Repertory Theatre: https://montanarep.com/

“ReEntry” was in Montana Repertory Theatre’s 2020-2021 Season. 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. Questions: Montana Repertory Theatre: (406) 243-6809 OR Michael Legg, Artistic Director, Michael.Legg@mso.umt.edu

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 The Challenges of Military Experience for Children and Families; Counseling Combat Veterans at End of Life; Military Life Transitions: Understanding and Supporting Military Personnel through Deployment and Seperation/Retirement; Questions: Phyllis J. Washington CoE  (coehs.umt.edu), Dept of Counseling (406) 243-5252

UM Entrepreneurs ~ Blackstone LaunchPad: http://www.umt.edu/launchpad/

The Missoula SBDC offers assistance with Business Planning, Marketing, Loan Packaging, Financial Analysis, Entrepreneurial Development and various trainings and workshops. Counties Served: Mineral, Missoula, Ravalli, Sanders. Small Business Development Center (406) 243-4770: https://sbdc.mt.gov/Locations/Missoula

Contact: Jennifer Stephens, MBA – SBDC Regional Director, Jennifer.Stephens@mso.umt.edu

OR Morgan Slemberger – Women’s Business Center MT (971) 219-4101, Morgan.Slemberger@mso.umt.edu

UM Experiential Learning and Career Success – Discover Handshake: https://umt.joinhandshake.com/login

Bianca (Army Reserve) would like to brainstorm new ways of serving Veterans as the Career Outreach & Events Manager (406) 243-2239, bianca.winter@umontana.edu

UM Financial Aid ~ Tuition Waiver: https://www.umt.edu/finaid/types-of-aid/tuition-waivers/

Tuition Waivers for Veterans, War Orphans, Senior Citizens, Survivors, Yellow Ribbon, and more!

Questions: UM Financial Aid Office (406) 243-5373, faid@mso.umt.edu

UM Grizzly Promise: https://www.umt.edu/finaid/scholarships/grizzly-promise/

If you’re from a family with an income of $50,000 or less, UM is dedicated to making sure your tuition is covered so you can attend University of Montana tuition-free. Questions: 406-243-5373, finaid@umontana.edu 

UM ~ JOBS: http://umjobs.silkroad.com

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

UM NEWS: https://www.umt.edu/news/

Neural Injury Center ~ HONOR STUDY (PTS Medication Study). To participate in the trial, Montana veterans can visit www.thehonorstudy.com to see if they qualify and to enroll (study-related care at no cost).

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

UM Pacific Islander’s Club (UMPIC): https://linktr.ee/montanapic

Fun activities, meetings, potlucks, fundraisers, and more! A Veteran is on the UMPIC Executive Team. UC Branch Center, Suite 211 (406) 243-2636, uofmpic@mso.umt.edu

​UM Veterans Advocacy Clinic (VAC): https://www.umt.edu/law/academics

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

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

The VAC also supports low-income veterans through legal representation, legal consultation, and outreach, ensuring that the systems designed to support veterans are held accountable.

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

UM VETS Office ~ "Military & Veteran Services Office": umt.edu/veterans

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 at Mansfield Library, and more!

Questions: 1000 E. Beckwith, Missoula (406) 243-2744, vetsoffice@mso.umt.edu OR Pat Beckwith - Director, Military & Veteran Services at UM (406) 243-2500, patrick.beckwith@mso.umt.edu

UM ~ Women’s Business Center (STATEWIDE): https://www.umt.edu/passion/women-business-center/default.php

The MonTEC Women’s Business Center, funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration, is housed in Missoula but serves the entire state, with employees in Missoula, Great Falls and Fort Belknap. It is the second WBC in Montana.

Press release: https://www.umt.edu/news/2021/01/011221fema.php

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 (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 VETS ~ 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. 877-US-2JOBS (1-877-872-5627)

Questions: Tom Finch - Montana State Director, US DOL VETS (Veterans' Employment and Training Service) (406) 447-3233, Finch.Thomas.L@dol.gov OR Nick Moschetti, State Veteran Coordinator (406) 444-1630, nmoschetti@mt.gov

United Training Academy: https://unitedtraining.com/

VET TEC preferred school for 3-month IT Networking & Security program. Certification opportunities include CompTIA IT Fundamentals, Network+ and Security+. Veterans attend online campus and receive a monthly housing allowance.

Questions: Carrie Rios (USAF Veteran) - Career Consultant (512) 744-0251, carrie.rios@unitedtraining.com

​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 National Education for Employees Program (VANEEP): https://www.vacareers.va.gov/Content/Documents/Print/VANEEP_VA_Careers_Page.pdf

GI Bill hotline 888-442-4551

Veteran Air Warriors: https://veteranairwarriors.org/

Guiding 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 (406) 530-7229, info@veteranairwarriors.org OR Jake-Navy Veteran, jakepenwell@hotmail.com

Veteran Readiness & Employment (VR&E): http://www.benefits.va.gov/vocrehab

Veterans with a service connected disability of 10% or greater may be eligible to receive services: An evaluation to determine interests, aptitudes and abilities; Supportive services; On-the-job training, apprenticeships, and non-paid work experiences.

David, "Go to va.gov/education & download VAF28-1900 - email to vrc.vbafhm@va.gov Questions: (406) 495-2012"

Questions: Education Call Center at 888-442-4551 OR David J. Wirtz - VR&E Officer, david.wirtz@va.gov

OR LOCAL: If you have a Veteran interested in VR&E, please have them apply: https://www.va.gov/ & then contact Debra Fleig, MS, CRC – VR&E Counselor (406) 258-1084, Cell (406) 475-0535, debra.fleig@va.gov

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, Inc. ~ STATEWIDE: https://www.veteransinc.org/

Call of Duty Endowment (CODE) grant helping Veterans who are unemployed or under-employed get training, financial assistance for certifications, and MORE! Chris Grudzinski - Director MT/ND, chrisgrudzinski@veteransinc.org

Veterans Upward Bound ~ FREE Tech Tools & College Prep Courses: http://vubmt.com/

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

or who prefer to participate from home (Algebra, Computers Skills, Writing, and more!) Schedule an appointment with one of the staff: http://vubmt.com/resources/directory.php

Missoula INFO / APPLY: https://vubmt.com/locations/missoula.php

Questions: (800) 356-8387 or admissions@vubmt.com

OR - LOCAL: Daryl, daryl.lee@mso.umt.edu

Wells Fargo Veterans Emergency Grant Program: https://learnmore.scholarsapply.org/wellsfargoveteransemergency/

Emergency grants are available to eligible veterans who are enrolled full-time in post-secondary education and experience unexpected financial difficulties that might cause them to drop out from school. Grants are available for a one-time distribution with a suggested maximum of up to $1,000 based on the cost of the emergency need.

Questions: wellsfargoveterans@scholarshipamerica.org

Whitetail Ranch Center ~ Three Forks: http://whitetailranchcenter.org/

WRC’s mission is to empower Veterans to “lead independent, productive, and healthy lives.” Pathways and “added value projects” (culinary training, equine-assisted therapy, growing squash / melons / berries) to learn vocational skills.

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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