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.
||Health Info. Tech., Pharmacy Tech, Advanced Manu., Welding Tech., Energy Tech.
||Early Childhood Education, Nursing, Metals Tech, Welding Tech., Auto Tech, Aviation Maintenance
||Carpentry, Building Maintenance, Culinary Arts, Early Childhood Education, Health Info. Tech, Nursing, Pharmacy Tech, Welding Tech., Energy Tech, Heavy Equipment Operation
||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
||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
||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 https://www.ndscs.edu/ , Penn Foster College http://www.pennfoster.edu based in Arizona, and Stratford University http://www.stratford.edu with locations in Virginia and Maryland, for program curriculum.