Missoula Region: Apprenticeships, Aviation, Bitterroot College, CDL, LLC / MCPS, Missoula College, NVTI, RMSP, Scholarships, University of Montana, Veterans Upward Bound, Veteran Readiness & Employment (VR&E), Veterans Rapid Retraining Assistance Program (VRRAP), Wilderness Medicine, and MANY MORE!
Education & Training Programs
*** 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): https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill
Questions: Education Call Center 888-442-4551
*** 2021: Veterans Rapid Retraining Program (VRRAP)
VA press release: https://www.va.gov/opa/pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id=5664
Please refer potential eligible Veterans to the VETS Office or other approved training facilities. Eligibility requirements: https://www.va.gov/education/other-va-education-benefits/veteran-rapid-retraining-assistance/
8/19/21 "over 17K applications are still available as only @1000 veterans have been admitted to the program."
Missoula College: Daryl Lee – VETS Office Program Coordinator, 1205 E. Broadway Ste 128 (406) 243-7844, email@example.com
University of Montana: Kevin Rumpca – VETS Office Director, 1000 E. Beckwith (406) 243-2500, firstname.lastname@example.org
OR Dustin Sievers, email@example.com
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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, email@example.com
AmeriCorps VISTA ~ Montana Campus Compact
Our programming supports Veterans!
Contact info: Callye Foster, Program Manager, (406) 243-2379, Cell (813) 362-2684, firstname.lastname@example.org
Missoula Contact: Jimmie Rude, MT Registered Apprenticeship, Cell (406) 214-7941, Jrude2@mt.gov
~ Missoula College: https://www.mcapprenticeships.org/
Contact: (406) 243-7812
Pre-nursing advisor: Maryann.Dunbar@mso.umt.edu (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, email@example.com
BECOME AN ALUM
Utilize this program for financial support and finish your degree!
Missoula College, 1205 E. Broadway (Rm 126) - Tyson (406) 243-7889, Tyson.Kuntz@mt.gov
UM - Emma B. Lommasson Center (Rm 242) - Carol (406) 243-2964, Cell (406) 360-5512, firstname.lastname@example.org
Bitterroot College of the University of Montana
103 South 9th Street, Hamilton, MT
Accommodations (physical or learning): Kathleen O’Leary, (406) 541-3188, email@example.com
Questions: Victoria Clark, Director, Bitterroot College University of Montana, (406) 375-0100, firstname.lastname@example.org
Bitterroot School of Cosmetology ~ Hamilton & Missoula
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
Co-curricular, experiential, campus program designed to introduce entrepreneurship as a viable career path.
Innovation Factory (UC Ste 250): http://www.umt.edu/innovation-factory//default.php
Accelerate Montana: http://acceleratemontana.umt.edu/
*** 5/13/20 The Business Emergency Assistance & Recovery (BEAR) Program: Assistance / guidance in responding to the COIVD-19 crisis. 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, email@example.com
Or, Morgan, Blackstone LaunchPad, firstname.lastname@example.org
Commercial Driver’s License (CDL)
AllTrucking.com - Veterans: https://www.alltrucking.com/articles/military-veterans-benefits-cdl-training/
Career Transitions in Belgrade and Helena College
Montana Dept of Justice ~ Military Skills Test Waiver: https://dojmt.gov/driving/commercial-driver-licensing/#militarywaiver; Questions: (406) 444-3244, email@example.com
ROUTE 93 TRUCK DRIVER TRAINING COURSE (Hamilton): 5 day individual BTW for 120 hrs; Call Scott Ralston (406) 360-1499 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
SAGE in Billings: http://www.sageschools.com/cdl-training-for-veterans/
Or, Jones Brothers Trucking will pay you while you train to get your CDL (Must commit: “1 year contract”): https://www.jonesbrotherstrucking.com/training/; Questions: Rex, JBT Safety / Recruiting / Training, (406) 721-0897 ext 235, Cell (406) 552-5580, email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Questions: Chery Sabol, Dislocated Worker Grant Program Manager email@example.com
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: http://www.mtelectricaljatc.org/index.cfm?zone=/unionactive/contact.cfm
Or, Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC) Montana: (406) 431-9836, firstname.lastname@example.org
Montana IEC Electrical Apprenticeship Schools: https://www.electriciancareersguide.com/electrician-schools-and-training-in-montana
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
GI Bill Comparison Tool (Go to VA Education below for more info)
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
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: https://vimeo.com/478471920/0932d814de
Questions: Krissie Dowd - Homeless Training Institute, email@example.com
OR Ryan Dowd, firstname.lastname@example.org
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: 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
Lifelong Learning Center (MCPS ~ LLC)
310 South Curtis St., Missoula, MT 59801
Welding, Culinary Arts, Knife / Food Handling; BEST Plus and BEST Literacy assessments; Their Academic Success Program is up and running - both in-person and virtual options. For some courses, their success is now measured based on their students’ ability to attain employment or improve their employment. They have partnered with Ed2go to be able to provide a wider variety of classes including career-based courses and more short term courses.
Questions: Jodie Rasmussen, Adult Education Supervisor (406) 549-8765
OR Monique Fortmann - Director of MCPS Adult Education Division
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 MSCAops@microsoft.com 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, email@example.com
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) http://jointservicetranscript.com
Questions: Daryl, (406) 243-7844, firstname.lastname@example.org
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, email@example.com
Montana Manufacturing Extension Center ~ Training Calendar
Statewide manufacturing outreach and assistance center with extensive experience in manufacturing and business in a variety of industries.
Questions – Missoula (1121 E. Broadway): Steve Dybdal (406) 493-5314, firstname.lastname@example.org
Distance Learning: Academic Technology & Outreach (406) 994-6836, email@example.com
Montana SAA (State Approving Agency) for Veterans Education
SAA reviews, evaluates, and approves/re-approves education and training programs to allow eligible Veterans and beneficiaries to utilize their VA education benefits while participating in or attending these approved programs. Federal law and VA policies require all approved facilities to comply with these specific regulations and guidelines to ensure the training and education programs are credible, quality programs. Approved programs include post-secondary education and training programs offered at Institutions of Higher Learning (IHLs), non-college degree schools, trade/vocational schools, flight schools, and apprenticeship/OJT programs offered by employers.
Questions: John Stankowiak - Montana State Approving Agency (SAA) 406.444.4122, firstname.lastname@example.org
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, email@example.com
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, firstname.lastname@example.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, email@example.com
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, FMiller@mt.gov
PsychArmor Institute ~ S.A.V.E. Suicide Prevention Course (FREE)
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.
Questions: (858) 755-3006, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rocky Mountain School of Photography
“We happily accept VA benefits for our Professional Intensive program!"
301 Expressway Unit A, Missoula
“Is Photography a Viable Career Choice?” https://rmsp.com/blog/2020/05/27/is-photography-a-viable-career-choice-
Questions: Bob McGowan, Admissions Counselor, (406) 543-0171 OR (800) 394-7677, email@example.com
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: https://www.royaltine.com/courses/veterans-benefits/
Questions: Cody and LeRee Hensen, (406) 859-5138, Cell (406) 370-6737, firstname.lastname@example.org
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: https://www.salesforce.com/blog/2019/05/train-hire-military-vetforce.html
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, email@example.com
Scholarships For Veterans And Their Families
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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, email@example.com
Shift ~ Internships with High Growth Companies
Sign up: https://www.shift.org/signup
Career opportunities at high-growth media and technology companies
Questions / Handbook: https://cdn.shift.org/guide/resources/Shift_Military_Fellowship_Handbook.pdf
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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 –
Veterans Study Smarter, Not Harder for Free ~ VA BLOG: https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/63875/study-edge/
To unlock the free semester, email email@example.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)
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
************ 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, email@example.com
***** 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, firstname.lastname@example.org
UM ~ Academic Enrichment
Davidson 002, University of Montana, (406) 243-2835, email@example.com
UM AmeriCorps ~ Montana Campus Compact
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, firstname.lastname@example.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, email@example.com
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, 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, firstname.lastname@example.org
UM Entrepreneurs ~ Blackstone LaunchPad
Small Business Development Center– Missoula SBDC - University of Montana 32 Campus Drive (406) 243-4770: https://sbdc.mt.gov/Locations/Missoula
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
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 ~ Handshake
The University of Montana uses it for students for employment and internships
UM ~ JOBS
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, email@example.com
Schedule an Appointment: https://calendly.com/hillary-wandler
UM ~ Montana Campus Compact
Dannette Fadness, MOLLI Coordinator, 302 University Hall, Missoula
UM 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. 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, Cindi.Laukes@mso.umt.edu
UM Office of Civic Engagement
DHC 020C, University of Montana, Colleen Kane, Associate Director, (406) 243-5128,firstname.lastname@example.org
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, email@example.com
Or, Dannette Fadness, BFA, BS, MPA, Montana Campus Compact, AmeriCorps Program Manager, (406) 243-5181, firstname.lastname@example.org
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, email@example.com
UM ~ Women’s Business Center (STATEWIDE)
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
Ashley, “I really want to get plugged in the Veterans, Milspouse, and Military Family Organizations in the state."
Contact: Ashley Metesh-McCoy - W.E.L.L. WBC Program Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org
For a glance at my availability/calendar --> https://bit.ly/3xsFZWo [bit.ly]
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)
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, email@example.com
Executive Director: Jake Penwell, US Navy Veteran, firstname.lastname@example.org
Veterans Green Corps (MT Conservation Corps) ~ FREE Wildland Firefighting Training for Veterans
Questions: Western Wildlands, 508 Toole Ave., Missoula, (406) 728-2720
VA EDUCATIONAL BENEFITS
APPLY - GI Bill:
Current payment rates
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
Veterans Rapid Retraining Program (VRRAP) Nick 8/2021 “over 17K applications are still available as only @1000 Veterans have been admitted to the program."
Please refer potential eligible Veterans to the VETS Office or other approved training facilities. Eligibility requirements: https://www.va.gov/education/other-va-education-benefits/veteran-rapid-retraining-assistance/
57 second video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tRV3BTBmkng
Missoula College VETS Office: Daryl Lee, 1205 E. Broadway Ste 128 (406) 243-7844, email@example.com
UM VETS Office: Kevin Rumpca, 1000 E. Beckwith (406) 243-2500, firstname.lastname@example.org
Veteran Readiness & Employment (VR&E - Chapter 31 Program)
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.
VR&E and EDU Beneficiaries “The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is committed to improving the Veteran experience by ensuring that all Veterans maximize the benefits they’ve earned. In alignment with this commitment, VA reviewed a long-standing interpretation of a law known informally as the “48-month rule” (38 U.S.C. 3695) and determined a more favorable interpretation of this law would help eligible Veterans maximize their education benefits. Now, Veterans who use Veteran Readiness and Employment (VR&E) benefits prior to using any other VA education program, such as the Montgomery GI Bill or Post-9/11 GI Bill, can still use up to 48 total months of the other educational assistance benefit programs.”
What is changing? A1) Previously, we counted VRE usage against GI Bill education benefits when applying the 48-Month Rule. We no longer do it.
How will I find out if I am impacted? VA will send a notification letter to those affected by this update.
Do I have to do anything? No, VA will contact those affected by this update.
Should a Veteran with a service-connected disability using the Post-9/11 GI Bill apply for VR&E benefits if they are about to run out of entitlement? Yes, Veterans may apply for Veteran Readiness and Employment (VR&E) benefits at any time. However, the use of entitlement in any VA education program impacts the amount of remaining VR&E entitlement that a Veteran may be eligible to receive. It may be possible for a Veteran to have entitlement previously used in a VA education program reclassified as entitlement used in VR&E, which could possibly result in additional entitlement to other VA education programs. However, it is important to note that this process is very limited and restricted by law and regulation; not every Veteran with a service-connected disability will qualify for retroactive induction.
What can I do to ensure that I have the correct number of months of entitlement for GI Bill education benefits? If you are a new applicant to GI Bill education benefits, your monthly entitlement calculation was computed without including any past entitlement used under VR&E. If you are currently using education benefits, your monthly entitlement will be re-calculated to remove any months of VR&E previously charged as prior VA training. You will receive a separate letter advising of your corrected remaining months of entitlement. If you used education benefits in the past, and already used 48 months of entitlement AND your period of eligibility (i.e. your delimiting date) has passed, there will be no adjustments to your awards.
Questions: Education Call Center at 888-442-4551 OR David J. Wirtz - VR&E Officer, email@example.com
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, 2681 Palmer St. Suite N, Missoula (406) 258-1084, Cell (406) 475-0535, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Missoula INFO / APPLY: https://vubmt.com/locations/missoula.php
Questions: (800) 356-8387 or email@example.com
Lori, Director - Veterans Upward Bound firstname.lastname@example.org
Michael Wolff, Project & Technology Manager, (406) 794-3053 | email@example.com
Shane Grantham, Administrative Support, (406) 272-6372, firstname.lastname@example.org
Stacie Grandpre, Administrative Services Coordinator & Dave Ramsey Financial Peace Class, (406) 209-8609, email@example.com
Steven Funk, Academic Advisor (406) 794-3309, firstname.lastname@example.org
Schedule an appointment with one of the staff: http://vubmt.com/resources/directory.php
OR - LOCAL: Daryl, UM VETS Office at Missoula College, (406) 243-7844, email@example.com
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, firstname.lastname@example.org