Gov. Greg Gianforte visited Missoula on Friday to celebrate local apprenticeship programs in the trades.
The governor’s visit to Missoula marked the end of Apprenticeship Week in Montana. His administration continues to address the skilled labor shortage many employers are experiencing, he said.
“That’s why I wanted to come out and hear your stories directly. It’s really important that we connect the needs of the marketplace with our educational opportunities so that we create better outcomes for students and Montanans in general,” Gianforte said.
While in town, Gianforte visited Blackfoot Communications and Missoula College to meet with local business leaders about the impact apprenticeship programs have had on hiring high-quality candidates.
Andrea Bowman shared her experience in the inaugural cohort of Advanced Technology Group’s Aim Higher, a 12-week training program that guarantees participants a job interview upon completion. Prior to being in the program, Bowman worked as a CrossFit trainer with management and marketing degrees from the University of Montana.
Now, she’s a software developer.
“It’s a really awesome career opportunity. It’s definitely a left-hand turn from what I thought I was going to do, but the training program opened up so many doors and basically gave me a career that