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!

*** Effective April 1, 2021 the Department of Veterans Affairs will no longer count the use of Veterans Readiness & Employment (VR&E) benefits (Chapter 31) against the 48-month limit on GI Bill benefits (48-Month Rule):

Questions: Education Call Center 888-442-4551

*** 2021: Veterans Rapid Retraining Program (VRRAP)

VA press release:

Please refer potential eligible Veterans to the VETS Office or other approved training facilities. Eligibility requirements:

Missoula College: Daryl Lee – VETS Office Program Coordinator, 1205 E. Broadway Ste 128 (406) 243-7844,

University of Montana: Kevin Rumpca – VETS Office Director, 1000 E. Beckwith (406) 243-2500, OR Dustin Sievers,

Academy Online Robotics Program (Industry 4.0)

From VetJobs 2/1/21, “FREE for Veterans to learn cutting-edge Manufacturing and Robotics!”


Questions: Melanie Nicks, VetJobs Recruiter Connect Specialist,

Aerie Backcountry Medicine

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,

​AmeriCorps VISTA  ~ Montana Campus Compact

Our programming supports Veterans!

Contact info: Callye Foster, Program Manager, (406) 243-2379, Cell (813) 362-2684,


Missoula Contact: Jimmie Rude, MT Registered Apprenticeship, Cell (406) 214-7941,

~ Missoula College:

Contact: (406) 243-7812

Pre-nursing advisor: (243-7925)

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,


Utilize this program for financial support and finish your degree!

Missoula College, 1205 E. Broadway (Rm 126) - Tyson (406) 243-7889,

UM - Emma B. Lommasson Center (Rm 242) - Carol (406) 243-2964, Cell (406) 360-5512,

Bitterroot College of the University of Montana

103 South 9th Street, Hamilton, MT 

Questions: Victoria Clark, Director, Bitterroot College University of Montana, (406) 375-0100,

Bitterroot School of Cosmetology ~ Hamilton & Missoula

Missoula (Bitterroot School of Cosmetology North) - 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:

Blackstone LaunchPad ~ Entrepreneurs

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

Innovation Factory (UC Ste 250):

Accelerate Montana:

*** 5/13/20 The Business Emergency Assistance & Recovery (BEAR) Program: Assistance / guidance in responding to the COIVD-19 crisis. REQUEST BUSINESS ASSISTANCE: []

Questions: Paul Gladen, Director of Accelerate Montana and Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars, University of Montana, (406) 243-5723,

Or, Morgan, Blackstone LaunchPad,

Commercial Driver’s License (CDL)

​Coursera Training

Free, online training funded by the National Dislocated Worker Grant. Enroll by using an invitation from DLI (to avoid the charges) - Receive the DLI invitation by emailing

Questions: Chery Sabol, Dislocated Worker Grant Program Manager

Electrical Apprenticeship

    Montana Electrical JATC (Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee)

    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 5 years of extensive classroom training, which will prepare you to take the Journeyman exam.


    Questions: (406) 449-7173 or submit email:

    Or, Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC) Montana: (406) 431-9836, 

    Montana IEC Electrical Apprenticeship Schools

    EVENTS Calendar ~ UM

    Ford Veteran Careers Program ~ Apprenticeship

    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)

    Explore your options for GI Bill benefits. Questions: Email with “Comparison Tool” (website questions) or other, go to:

    Homeless Training Institute

    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:

    Questions: Krissie Dowd - Homeless Training Institute,

    OR Ryan Dowd,

    ​​Incumbent Worker Training (IWT - FY22)

    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:

    Online application:

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

    ​​​Lifelong Learning Center (MCPS ~ LLC)

    Welding, Culinary Arts, Knife Handling, Food Handling, Introduction to Basic Cooking; “Connections 101” which is  a free opportunity to improve computer, writing and mathematics skills; BEST Plus and BEST Literacy assessments.

    Questions: Jodie Rasmussen, Adult Education Supervisor, The Lifelong Learning Center, (406) 549-8765,

    Microsoft Software & Systems Academy (MSSA)

    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 to receive an invite to our weekly information sessions—which are a mandatory part of the application process.

    Military Friendly 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.

    Instructor / Questions: Liz Barrs, Instructor of Veterans Studies, (406) 830-0209,


    Missoula College ~ VETS Office (River Campus)

    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)
    Questions: Daryl, (406) 243-7844,

    Montana High Tech Business Alliance

    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,

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

    Questions: (406) 444-4122

    Montana Vocational Rehabilitation (MVR) – DPHHS

    2675 Palmer, Ste A, Msla

    Questions: (406) 329-5400

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

    Specialized training and professional skills enhancement for VSP. Focused on training individuals who assist Veterans secure employment.



    Questions: (844) 423-8872,


    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,

    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!

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

    OSHA 10 General Industry Class

    Hazard awareness to prevent the most common workplace injuries. Anyone looking for a job or promotion would benefit by having an OSHA 10 card.

    Contact: Fred Miller, OHST, ARM, AU - Outreach Section Trainer, DLI Safety  (406) 781-4499,

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

    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,

    ​​Rocky Mountain School of Photography

    “We happily accept VA benefits for our Professional Intensive program!"

    301 Expressway Unit A, Missoula

    Questions: Bob McGowan, Admissions Counselor, (406) 543-0171 OR (800) 394-7677,

    Royal Tine Guide & Packer School

    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 – More info:

    Questions: Cody and LeRee Hensen, (406) 859-5138, Cell (406) 370-6737,

    Salesforce ~ Simplus Vetforce Alliance

    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:

    Missoula Contact: Kyle Cochrane, Veteran and Simplus Consultant, or connect on LinkedIn:

    Scholarships & Financial Aid for Active 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,

    Scholarships For Veterans And Their Families 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,

    Sentinels of Freedom Scholarship Foundation

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

    Questions: (925) 380-6342,

    Shift ~ Internships with High Growth Companies 

    Sign up:

    Career opportunities at high-growth media and technology companies

    VA BLOG:

    Questions / Handbook:

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

    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,

    ​Student Loan Forgiveness Program

    Meeting with people both in-person and virtually. Call (406) 243-2800 to schedule an appointment.

    Contacts: Julie Heaton (406) 243-5507; Andrea Janssen (406) 243-6016

    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 –


    Study Edge

    Veterans Study Smarter, Not Harder for Free ~ VA BLOG:

    To unlock the free semester, email to set up a membership.

    Suicide Prevention Training

    VA and PsychArmor Institute:

    FREE 25-minute online training course (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)


    Montana Family Readiness Center, Malmstrom AFB, 7215 - 7911 Goddard Ave., (406) 731-4900:

    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,

    ************ 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, so we can certify your enrollment to the VA. 

    Questions: UM VETS Office, (406) 243-2744,

    ​***** 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).
    Questions: UM VETS Office, (406) 243-2744,

    UM ~ Academic Enrichment

    Davidson 002, University of Montana, (406) 243-2835,

    UM AmeriCorps ~ Montana Campus Compact

    Montana Campus Compact:

    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,

    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,

    UM College of the Arts & Media ~ Montana Repertory Theatre

    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,

    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 (, Dept of Counseling, (406) 243-5252,

    UM Entrepreneurs ~ Blackstone LaunchPad

    UM ~ Handshake

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

    UM ~ JOBS

    Griz eRecruiting – Student, Alumni & Employers:

    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

    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,

    Schedule an Appointment:

    UM ~ Montana Campus Compact

    Dannette Fadness, MOLLI Coordinator, 302 University Hall, Missoula

    (406) 543-5181, 

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

    To participate in the trial, Montana veterans can visit to see if they qualify and to enroll. If veterans qualify and choose to participate, they will receive study-related care at no cost.

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

    UM Office of Civic Engagement

    DHC 020C, University of Montana, Colleen Kane, Associate Director, (406) 243-5128,

    UM Veterans Advocacy Clinic (VAC)

    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,

    Or, Dannette Fadness, BFA, BS, MPA, Montana Campus Compact, AmeriCorps Program Manager, (406) 243-5181,

    UM VETS Office ~ University of Montana

    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)

    Questions: VETS Office, University of Montana, (406) 243-2744,

    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Veterans Curation Program

    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.



    US DOL Apprenticeship Locator

    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)


    APPLY - GI Bill:


    Current payment rates

    Veteran Air Warriors

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

    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,

    Executive Director: Jake Penwell, US Navy Veteran,

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

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

    Vets In Tech – Education, Entrepreneurship and Employment

    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

    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) and answer questions about admissions, GI Bill, federal financial aid, how to choose a major or pick classes, find out where you stand with the Accuplacer Assessment, or get information about career interests (take the Career Scope Assessment), support services - we have been here since 1992.


    Questions: (800) 356-8387 or

    Lori, Director - Veterans Upward Bound

    Michael Wolff, Project & Technology Manager, (406) 794-3053 |

    Shane Grantham, Administrative Support, (406) 272-6372,

    Stacie Grandpre, Administrative Services Coordinator & Dave Ramsey Financial Peace Class, (406) 209-8609,

    Steven Funk, Academic Advisor (406) 794-3309,

    Schedule an appointment with one of the staff:

    OR - LOCAL: Daryl, UM VETS Office at Missoula College, (406) 243-7844,

    Whitetail Ranch Center ~ Three Forks

    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,