One employment challenge in eastern Montana is for young people under the age of 25 to get the training they need for high paying blue-collar jobs. One solution is through Job Corp. Earlier this month Senator Max Baucus announced the Department of Labor has granted the Kicking Horse Job Corps in Ronan another five-year contract to continue providing critical job training and education opportunities. The facility accepts individuals from far eastern Montana.
Baucus explained “Job Corps facilities across the state have a proven track record of helping young people get the tools and training they need to find good-paying jobs. I’m proud to support the hardworking students and dedicated staff at Kicking Horse Job Corps and am glad to see they’ll be continuing their good work for years to come. This is the kind of smart investment into our future that helps us uplift workers and attract even more business to our state.”
The U.S. Department of Labor awarded the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes a five-year $29.8 million operations deal to continue its contract at Kicking Horse Job Corps Center in Ronan on the Flathead Indian Reservation.
Throughout the process, Baucus staff fought to cut red tape and worked tirelessly with the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes, Kicking Horse Job Corps leadership and the Department of Labor to ensure the contract would be renewed fully funded so the facility could continue serving hundreds of students every year.
300 to 350 students arrive at Kicking Horse Job Corps every year offering training in two key trades: construction and health. Under the health cluster, Kicking Horse provides instruction in Dental Assisting, Medical Assistant, Certified Nurse Assistant, Phlebotomy. Under the construction trades students train in Equipment Repair (Diesel Mechanics), Facility Maintenance, Carpentry, and Heavy Equipment Operator. Kicking Horse also offers Office Administration (Secretary/Receptionist), and Culinary Arts.
While in training, the youth at Kicking Horse Job Corps invest time and service in community projects which benefit the entire reservation community, like the “Arlee School Community” walking track, recently featured in the local media.
Job Corps is a no-cost education and career technical training program administered by the U.S. Department of Labor that helps young people ages 16 through 24 improve the quality of their lives through career technical and academic training.
For more information visit Kicking Horse Job Corps online: http://kickinghorse.jobcorps.gov