Gianforte visits Missoula Butterfly House, talks with Job Site students and employees

Zoe Buchli

Governor Greg Gianforte met with students and staff from the Job Site Ready Program and the Jackson Contractor Group at the Missoula Butterfly House and Insectarium on Thursday afternoon.

The Butterfly House, which is under construction at the Missoula Fairgrounds, has a team of about 40 working on it. Some of these workers are part of the Job Site Ready Program, a job-preparedness program run through Missoula College. It’s a construction-focused program that sets its students up with skills needed for entry-level construction jobs.

The Jackson Contractor Group is building the Butterfly House along with other sub-contractors. The company partners with Job Site Ready to train pre–apprentice workers, two of whom were at the job site on Thursday, Job Site Ready Program Manager Katherine Lechman explained.

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Through a 45-hour curriculum, students get a comprehensive understanding of the construction industry, tool operation, guidance on how to stay safe on a job site and general information on the construction process, the University of Montana website states. 

When they finish the course, students have the credentials to get hired into a construction job, and they get their own

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