A grant for Highlands College of Montana Tech will help spread the word about technical educational opportunities at the school to students, prospective students, parents and college faculty.
The state Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education gave the school the $75,000 “Pathways to Highlands College” grant, which may be renewed each year for five years.
The school’s Perkins Grant Director Denise Elakovich, who wrote the grant, said it will help communicate with high schools in the region and help encourage more people to pursue college.
The grant was funded as part of the national Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Grant which began in 2006.
As a participant in the Perkins Grant, Montana created the Big Sky Pathways Program which is a group of model career and technical educational programs of study that connect to Montana’s postsecondary institutions.
Dr. John Garic, the school’s dean, said by 2020, 60 percent of available jobs will require some type of college credential, and the grant will help prepare future students for the world of work.