RevUp Montana is a workforce project supported by a $25 million dollar grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration. RevUp Montana creates short-term degree, certificate and apprenticeship programs that lead students into high-wage, high-demand jobs in Montana. Filling these jobs with skilled, experienced workers will help increase employment, strengthen Montana businesses, and grow our economy.
RevUp training programs are unique in several ways.
- As a collaborative effort between colleges in the state and Montana’s Department of Labor and Industry, students have direct access to a wider variety of financial and non-financial supports to help make training affordable. Any of RevUp’s Workforce Navigators can help students understand the qualifications for financial support.
- RevUp programs allow students to obtain industry-recognized credentials and academic certificates at the same time. If students are unable to complete a whole academic program, the student will still be able to demonstrate any progress made to employers through the industry-recognized credentials they have earned.
- While most high-wage jobs still require 1-2 years of training, most RevUp programs offer students the opportunity to complete shorter segments of programs (called “Tiers”) and enter the workforce with the ability to demonstrate the skills they have gained. When students are able to re-enter training, they can generally re-enter training where they left off.
- Students completing tiers can earn a Certificate of Technical Skills (CTS) from participating colleges, if they do not continue their training to obtain higher (CAS, AAS and BS) degrees.
- Efforts are underway to align RevUp programs with existing and new apprenticeship opportunities around the state. Apprenticeships generally offer students an opportunity to earn a wage while they are gaining hands-on skills from a Montana employer and also continuing their classroom based learning.