Flathead Valley Community College focuses on manufacturing

Flathead Valley Community College’s $3 million advanced manufacturing grant was celebrated during the school’s fourth annual spring luncheon Monday.

"Building a Competitive Manufacturing Workforce" was the theme of the luncheon.

In September 2012, the federal Education and Labor departments awarded FVCC grants to develop short-term, innovative job training programs and an entrepreneurship center to help grow small manufacturing in Northwest Montana.

FVCC first decided to apply for a manufacturing grant because it fit three criteria, according to panelist Brad Eldredge, FVCC’s executive director of institutional research.

"It had to focus on jobs that could be trained for in two years or less, pay well and be of strategic importance to the area," he said. "And manufacturing rose to the top."

Heidi Gaiser

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