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Retaining college grads key to Missoula's economic growth

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August 28, 2016View for printing

As thousands of students begin a new school year at the University of Montana, we not only say "welcome," but "plan on sticking around for a good, long while."

Whether freshman or senior, born and bred here or a newcomer, each UM student helps to shape our community's future. At the Missoula Economic Partnership, we want that involvement to be active and lasting. In other words, "We want you to thrive. We want you here to stay."

By James Grunke

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College Won't Train You for a Job, and That's Just Fine

How many jobs are there today that didn’t even exist 10 years ago? How do you train for a job that doesn’t exist?

College is a lot like going to the gym to work out. You run on the treadmill, lift weights, and even play some basketball. All of these things help you get into a fit condition that will be useful for other things in life.

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It's not the worst thing for Montana's graduates to leave the state and get their most expensive education. The challenge is to build a system to help them Come Home ... ome+Montana when they reach their 30's and 40's and have a family they want to raise here They've learned the lessons of life and business so they can fully utilize their skills and connections and receive the compensation they deserve.

How many of those who have stayed here are working at jobs that don't fully utilize the education they received in college? How often do we purchase a cup of coffee from a barista who has an MBA?

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