MISSOULA – The School of Extended & Lifelong Learning at the University of Montana is partnering with Dress for Success Missoula to offer scholarships to clients and past clients. Michelle Erickson was selected as the spring scholarship recipient for the Professional Development course titled Take Charge of Your Career & Your Life, taught by Larry Fagerhaug.
Dress for Success is a nonprofit that provides low-income women with business-appropriate clothing, mentoring and professional development programs. Erickson is a current Dress for Success volunteer and a past client.
“This is a perfect partnership,” said SELL Program Director Candi Merrill. “Although we serve different audiences, SELL and Dress for Success both help people advance their careers. We can’t think of a more deserving recipient than Michelle.”
Erickson said that Dress for Success helped her transform her life.
“It started with looking at myself in that suit and feeling for the first time that I could be somebody,” she said. “However, my real transformation occurred as a volunteer, helping others from all walks of life gain confidence and take initiative in their lives.”
SELL’s Professional Development program exists for anyone who wants to take initiative in their lives. Registration is open for for spring courses. This series consists of short, noncredit courses taught by UM faculty and local professionals. All instructors are well-qualified, possess current, real-world experience and have a desire to share their knowledge.
“If you own a business, are looking for a new job or just want to learn new skills, these courses offer the best opportunity for you to enhance your career potential,” Merrill said. “Ultimately, these noncredit programs will make a positive impact on UM and on the western Montana region. Today we hope to make a positive impact on Michelle Erickson, as she has done for so many others.”