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Montana Learning Center awarded $360,000 NASA grant

MLC says NASA funding has supported their efforts for years, helping provide a variety of programs that not only encourage engagement with STEM professionals but also help students develop their collaboration and communications skills and build other skills necessary for success in today’s education and work environments.

Code Girls United Free Online program is open for 4th to 8th grade Montana girls (starts first week of October, Monday class and a Wednesday class)

Code Girls United’s mission is to expand the future career opportunities of 4th – 8th grade girls in Montana through hands-on experiences in coding, technology, and business. By building skills and self-confidence, we are teaching young girls to become the leaders of tomorrow.

Many Rural Regions Finding More Reasons to Fasttrack EV Infrastructure

The electric vehicle revolution turned out to be more of a slow, but inevitable transition. Creating the infrastructure to lure the EV traffic could be a crucial economic decision for many rural areas dependent on tourism and drive-through visitors.

MRWS architectural RFQs due September 24

The Montana Rural Water Systems (MRWS) is soliciting proposals from registered architectural firms to complete the following services for a new training facility. Deadline has been extended to Friday, September 24, at 4:00 pm MST.

Want Renewable Energy? Plan on joining USDA’s Webinar. – 9/16 – 1:30 – Online

Want to know how USDA’s Renewable Energy for America Program (REAP) can help you build back, better and stronger?

Technology Policy Institute Launches Broadband Map

The Technology Policy Institute launched a new broadband map intended to help policymakers and others make evidence-based decisions, including how to best implement, evaluate, and take advantage of new infrastructure programs.

Consider the value of your public school in your Montana community

I learned that the politics surrounding the anger in our country, mostly focused on COVID-19 and its harsh impact on our lives, has been staged in Montana and with propaganda driven by entities outside of Montana and social media.

Why Making Entrepreneurship a Community Priority Is Key to America’s Economic Recovery

As the U.S. celebrates Small Business Week, the time is ripe to take a fresh look at the critical role that business owners will play in the post-covid economic recovery–and how best to support and foster entrepreneurship.

Internet funding rule could favor rural areas over cities

Some want the Treasury to define underserved areas as anything less than download and upload speeds of 100 Mbps.

New federal vaccination mandate could complicate things for Montana hospitals

“I think it’s very clear if it can go into effect, it will make things safer,” said Dr. Pam Cutler, president of the Montana Medical Association. “It will make life more complicated in Montana, where this is a controversial topic, but it will make things safer for patients and employees.”