The key to the success of the Montana Registered Apprenticeship program is the partnerships with public, private and tribal organizations, education institutions and businesses across the state.

Montana Registered Apprenticeship is proud to partner with 610 employer sponsors statewide, 390 of those employer sponsors have active apprentices as of January 2015. Currently, a majority of apprentices work in construction occupations, while additional areas of work include utility and service related industries.

53% of the employers/sponsors are independent and 47% are union employers.

Montana Registered Apprenticeship is currently working on new partnerships to expand and diversify into the occupation fields of advanced manufacturing, healthcare, information and communications technology and energy industries.

Higher Education: Two-Year, Community, and Tribal Colleges

Montana Registered Apprenticeship is partnering with our 2-year and community colleges and tribal colleges in exciting ways.

Colleges are also partnering with employer/sponsors to provide the classroom and/or online technical training (book work) for the apprentices directly with their registered apprenticeship program.

Pre-Apprenticeships: Some colleges currently offer pre-apprenticeships, meaning an individual can earn a two-year college degree along with a pre-apprenticeship certificate. The pre-apprenticeship certificate can lead to advanced placement in a Registered Apprenticeship program.

  • Flathead Valley Community College in Kalispell –pre-apprenticeships in electrical technology
  • MSU – Northern in Havre–pre-apprenticeships in electrical and plumbing technology

Classroom/on-line technical instruction: One two-year college currently offers classroom and/or on-line technical instruction in tandem with the Registered Apprenticeship program. An apprentice must complete at least 144 hours of technical work per year (approximately 12 hours a month) of their program, in a classroom setting and/or through online correspondence.

  • Helena College – UM – classroom sheet metal

Higher Education: Potential Partnerships

Montana has seven 2-year colleges, three community colleges and seven tribal colleges. MSU-Northern is a 4-year school that offers 2-year degrees.

Potential for Partnerships with Registered Apprenticeship and Pre-Apprenticeship programs

This chart (below) shows the college name and the classes offered that could qualify for pre-apprenticeship credit and/or operate as technical instruction providers when matched with an employer/sponsor + apprentice.

Bitterroot College Health Info. Tech., Pharmacy Tech, Advanced Manu., Welding Tech., Energy Tech.


Helena College Early Childhood Education, Nursing, Metals Tech, Welding Tech., Auto Tech, Aviation Maintenance
Missoula College Carpentry, Building Maintenance, Culinary Arts, Early Childhood Education, Health Info. Tech, Nursing, Pharmacy Tech, Welding Tech., Energy Tech, Heavy Equipment Operation


City College Carpentry, Construction Technology, Early Childhood Education, Paramedic, Medical Billing & Coding , Nursing, Metals Tech, Power Plant Tech., Process Plant Tech., Sustainable Energy Tech , Welding Tech, Auto Collision & Refinishing, Auto Tech
Gallatin College Early Childhood Education, CNC technology, Welding Tech.


Great Falls College Carpentry, Early Childhood Education, Dental Assistant, Paramedic, Health Info. Tech, Medical Billing & Coding, Medical Transcription, Nursing , Pharmacy Tech, Phlebotomy , Sustainable Energy Tech, Welding Tech


Highlands College Carpentry, Construction Technology, Early Childhood Education, CNC technology, Machine Tool Tech., Sustainable Energy Tech, Aerospace Welding, Welding Tech, Auto Tech
Dawson Community College


Early Childhood Education, Welding Tech
Flathead Valley Community College


HVAC, Culinary Arts, Early Childhood Education, Paramedic, Health Info. Tech., Medical Billing & Coding, Nursing, Pharmacy Tech, Advanced Manufacturing, CNC Technology, Industrial Machine Technician, Metals Tech, Welding Tech. Land Surveying, Heavy Equipment Operation 
Miles City Community College


Pharmacy Tech, Phlebotomy, Biofuels, Auto Tech, Heavy Equipment Operation


MSU Northern University


Carpentry, Sustainable Energy Tech, Water Quality, Welding Tech, Land Surveying, Auto Tech
Aaniiih Nakoda College Carpentry, Welding Tech
Fort Peck Community College Building Technology/Trades, Welding Tech, Auto Tech, Heavy Equipment Operation
Blackfeet Community College


Construction Technology, Building Technology/Trades, Early Childhood Education, Paramedic, Medical Billing & Coding, Nursing, Phlebotomy
Salish Kootenai College Dental Assistant, Nursing, Information Tech, Early Childhood Education, Highway Construction Training


Little Big Horn College Early Childhood Education
Stone Child College Building Technology/Trades, Early Childhood Education, Health Info Tech., Water Quality
Chief Dull Knife College Allied health, Early Childhood Education, Carpentry


Montana Registered Apprenticeship partners with North Dakota State College of Science , Penn Foster College based in Arizona, and Stratford University with locations in Virginia and Maryland, for program curriculum.

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