Montana Launches First-of-its-Kind Statewide Micro-credential Development Initiative

The Montana University System partners with Education Design Lab to develop and scale skills-forward, short-term credentials in high-demand fields.

HELENA, Mont., Sept. 20, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Education Design Lab (the Lab), the Montana Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education (OCHE), and Montana’s public two-year colleges, today announced the launch of a new initiative to expand the college-to-career pipeline in Montana. Montana’s “Year to Career” Initiative will bring colleges, employers, learners, and local stakeholders together to collaboratively design skills-focused educational pathways to expand opportunities for Montanans and meet the state’s growing workforce needs.

“Student success, and Montana’s future, depends on innovation and fresh, new thinking to transform the way education is delivered,” Governor Greg Gianforte said. “With this new micro-credential initiative, Montana is paving the way toward greater educational and career opportunities, and a brighter future, for Montanans.”

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