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View our course offeringsStrengthening Workforce Alignment in Montana's Manufacturing and Energy Industries (SWAMMEI) Project

Montana Total Consortium Award Amount: $24,978,329

Consortium Lead: Great Falls College

Consortium members: Fort Peck Community College, Montana State University-Northern, City College at Montana State University Billings, Gallatin College Montana State University, Missoula College of the University of Montana, Bitterroot College of the University of Montana, Helena College University of Montana, Highlands College of Montana Tech, Flathead Valley Community College, Dawson Community College, Miles Community College, Little Big Horn College

In eight target occupations, the Strengthening Workforce Alignment in Montana's Manufacturing and Energy Industries (SWAMMEI) project offers TAA-eligible, veteran and other low-skilled student populations an opportunity to access accelerated training anywhere in the state. The eight areas (and the lead institution) include:

oil refinery
  • Welding and Welding Fabrication (Great Falls College MSU)
  • Manufacturing (Flathead Valley Community College)
  • Machining, Industrial Maintenance and Industrial Electronics
  • Oil and Gas (MSUB City College)
  • Energy Technician (Missoula College)
  • Diesel Technology (Helena College and MSU Northern)
  • Entrepreneurship (Flathead Valley Community College)
  • Emporium Math (no lead)
  • CDL/Heavy Equipment Operators (no lead)

Each SWAMMEI stacked credential uses a common delivery system to provide interactive, technology-enhanced and online curriculum. This approach creates significant efficiencies, wherein a single faculty facilitator can deliver online training to students across the state. Web-based curricula are reinforced with practical, hands-on training components that students can complete in a consolidated period of time.

City College at MSU Billings SWAMMEI Oil & Gas Grant Project

Participating colleges: Bitteroot College University of Montana, Dawson Community College, Little Big Horn College

Format: Traditional Non-credit Short Course

Courses: Operator, Roustabout/Extraction

Estimated Participants: 309

Cost of Strategy: $1,136,412

City College at MSU Billings will act as consultant to other colleges, bringing instructors, necessary equipment and training materials to other locations.

Working closely with employers in eastern Montana and the Bakken, City College will begin offering industry-specific training that will make workers more competitive for entry-level jobs in the oil and gas industry. Funds have been included in the budgets of Dawson, LBHC, and Bitterroot to contract with City College to offer these trainings to local workers.

This workforce solution was funded by a $24.9 million grant (#TC-25034-13-60-A-30) awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration. The solution was created by the grantee and does not necessarily reflect the official position of the U.S. Department of Labor. The grant period is Oct. 1, 2013-Sept. 30, 2017. The Department of Labor makes no guarantees, warranties, or assurances of any kind, express or implied, with respect to such information, including any information on linked sites and including, but not limited to, accuracy of the information or its completeness, timeliness, usefulness, adequacy, continued availability, or ownership. This solution is copyrighted by the institution that created it. Internal use, by an organization and/or personal use by an individual for non-commercial purposes, is permissible. All other uses require the prior authorization of the copyright owner.
byThis work by the Strengthening Workforce Alignment in Montana’s Manufacturing and Energy Industries grant is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.

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