Missoula College Adds New Apprenticeships

November 16, 2018

MISSOULA – Students at Missoula College of the University of Montana soon will have two more places to apprentice.

Design firm Morrison-Maierle Systems joined the fleet of businesses connected to the college on Nov. 14, while staff members from Dr. Nanette Ault’s periodontics office will sign up new apprentices from 3 to 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16.

The businesses will offer positions in the high-demand information technology and accounting sectors, respectively. The new apprenticeships will benefit students and industry alike, according to Dylan Rogness, MC apprenticeship liaison.

“The larger our network grows, the more opportunities students have,” he said. “We’re one of the biggest talent pools in Missoula that’s largely untapped. The more bridges we can build in community – that will be a tide that raises all ships.”

Each apprenticeship is essentially a 2,000-hour interview with the potential for long-term employment.

Students earn money while applying skills they learn in the classroom to a practical workplace. Businesses, meanwhile, receive a direct pipeline to talent in an otherwise tight labor market.

Accounting technician positions typically begin paying $13 to $16 per hour, with the potential to earn $16 to $17 per hour. Ault’s apprentice will provide financial support for the office and manage sensitive medical information.

Beginning IT positions typically earn $11 to $16 per hour, with the potential for making $15 to $18 per hour. The Morrison-Maierle Systems apprentice will field technical assistance questions, collaborate on projects and provide help desk support.

“On-the-job training is a powerful workforce development tool that should be more widely available to students as they advance their skillsets in preparation for their careers,” said Teresa Thomson, a Morrison-Maierle Systems client services coordinator. “We look forward to placing a student in the IT track as a systems computer technician this spring.”

MC’s apprenticeship offerings have grown considerably this year.

Over the past six months, 10 businesses partnered with the college to provide apprenticeships, making 15 total, including Providence St. Patrick Hospital, which offers Montana’s first CMA-level medical assistant apprenticeship program.

MC will continue to grow its industry partner network as faculty also work toward pre-apprenticeship pathways for high school students determined to enter the workforce quickly and capably.

“There’s no better way to prepare these students for hitting the ground running with technical skills than giving them that kind of on-the-job experience in a relevant industry with relevant training,” Rogness said.

For more information call Kevin Trevellyan, MC communications director, at 858-775-4412 or email ktrevellyan@umontana.edu.

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Contact: Kevin Trevellyan, Missoula College communications director, 858-775-4412, ktrevellyan@umontana.edu.