Quality Workforce

Montana's Quality Workforce & Workforce Education

Montana businesses benefit from the investment Montana makes in its workers. Two or four-year institutions are located in each of Montana's major employment and trade centers. Montana's technical colleges partner with business and industry to meet the employment needs of the community. Our universities and colleges provide Montanans with the most current skill sets to advance in the workplace, particularly in the fast-growing high technology and health care sectors.

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Businesses that locate in Montana reap major benefits from our educated, motivated workforce. Education is something Montanans take seriously. Our dedicated teachers and professors are some of the best in the nation. And with a student/teacher ratio well below the national average, teachers have the opportunity to effectively instruct their students.

Montana ranks second best in the nation for the percentage of its population that has graduated from high school, while over 24% of the 25-and-older population possesses a bachelor's degree.

Worker Training Programs

Business that have special training needs are advised to work with the Governor's Office of Economic Development and the educational institutions within the Montana University System to develop a plan to meet those needs.

The Montana Department of Commerce's Business Resource Division administers the worker training monies provided by the State. The two workforce training grant programs are targeted to projects that can demonstrate tangible, measurable results involving employees working in the businesses that are receiving assistance. If you would like to know how your business could qualify for one of these grants, please contact us at 406-444-5634 or business@mt.gov.