Federal partnership will get Missoula moms into clean energy jobs, apprenticeships

Young mothers in Missoula will have the chance to enter the clean-energy workforce, thanks to a partnership between Missoula organizations and a national academy aimed at expanding local municipalities’ energy sectors.

The city of Missoula, in tandem with Mountain Home Montana, a local nonprofit that provides shelter and services for mothers, was selected this summer for a national program providing employment options for young mothers in the clean-energy field. By getting moms connected with clean-energy jobs in town, the program will strengthen Missoula’s sustainable labor sector.

“The idea is just to bring more clean-energy jobs into Missoula, and then bring in marginalized people who may not have had the opportunity to have those jobs,” Mountain Home Supported Employment & Education Manager Erin Scoles said.

The Good Jobs, Great Cities Academy is a national program that partners with cities to get workers into jobs in clean energy, infrastructure and advanced manufacturing fields. Missoula was one of 16 cities selected this year for the academy.

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Scoles explained that Mountain Home is scheduled to host a series of workshops in the coming months. Clean-energy employers will visit the nonprofit to meet Mountain Home

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