University of Montana ~ Bitterroot College, Missoula College & UM

****** 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,

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

Academic Enrichment

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

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

Apprenticeship ~ Missoula College

HealthCARE Montana ~ Program models and overviews

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

Pre-nursing advisor: (243-7925)


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

Employment Liaison from Job Service at Missoula College, 1205 East Broadway St. (Room 211)

Contact: Tyson Kuntz, (406) 243-7889,

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

Contact: 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,

Blackstone LaunchPad ~ Entrepreneurs

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

Innovation Factory:

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

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

Accelerate Montana:

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


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

Or, Morgan, Blackstone LaunchPad,

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

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

Eligibility for the scholarship has two paths:

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

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

*GI Bill is a registered trademark of the VA.

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

Or, Shawn Michael Grove, UM VETS Office Director, (406) 243-2744,

Missoula College VETS Office: Daryl (406) 243-7844,

Entrepreneurs ~ Blackstone LaunchPad


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

Legal Asst for Low Income Veterans ~ Veterans Advocacy Clinic

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:

Montana Campus Compact

Dannette Fadness, MOLLI Coordinator, 302 University Hall, Missoula

(406) 543-5181,  

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,

Office of Civic Engagement

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

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 ROTC Community Outreach Coordinator, Andrew Milzarski, (253) 777-8085,

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,


Griz eRecruiting – Student, Alumni & Employers:

The Veteran’s Experience ~ NEW Fall 2019 Semester Course

Register for HSTA 150, section 01C, CRN 74886 (Tuesday & Thursday 9:30 – 10:50am, Room MC024, Missoula College)

Asking for help in advertising the newly-approved Veteran’s Experience class at Missoula College. It is now approved as HSTA 150 with GenEd credit under Historical (H) and Democracy and Citizenship (Y).

The course is designed to enhance general student understanding and to support students who may work with veterans in behavioral health, social work, counseling, or other fields. The course is designed for non-veterans but student veterans may benefit from the materials and perspectives offered. Course Description: Interdisciplinary, historical perspective of the veteran’s experience in American history, since antiquity. and in American society today. Examines the nature of military service, experiences of war, and consequences of service and war on veterans and their families through the study of sources from history, classical literature, literature, philosophy, and ethics.

Missoula College will offer this course for the next two years

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

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


VETS Office ~ Missoula College (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,

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)

​***Interest FREE Loans Available

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

The Financial Aid Office offers a Short Term Loan 

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

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

***SEEKING Student Veteran Mentors

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

Veterans Upward Bound ~ Missoula College ~ 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. 

Statewide: (Go to Contact Us for the inquiry & application forms)  

VUB will help you get academically prepared for college or a training program with classes and workshops (Algebra, anyone? Computers skills?  Writing without using bullet points?) so you are ready to be back in an educational environment, know what to expect and have the skills you need.  For questions about admissions, GI Bill and financial aid, how to choose a major or pick classes, find student support services on campus, anything you wonder about regarding starting college as a veteran, we are here.  VUB has helped veterans prepare for and enroll in college since 1992.  Along the way we have learned a little.  Let us help you.

Questions: Toll Free (800) 356-8387 or (406) 794-3244,

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

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

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

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

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

Schedule an appointment with one of the staff:

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



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