State leaders say two-year colleges will be getting sharing a $25 million grant to improve and expand training for energy and manufacturing jobs.
Higher education officials joined Gov. Steve Bullock and U.S. Sens. Max Baucus and Jon Tester in lauding the federal grant money on Wednesday.
Baucus said he created the grant in 2009 and secured funding for it in the 2010 federal budget.
The Montana university system says the money will help train workers in fast-growing areas with a shortage of workers, such as the oil fields in eastern Montana.
Certificate programs will come in such areas as metal fabrication, welding, industrial machining, diesel technology and other areas. The colleges also expect to expand training for commercial drivers' licenses.
A number of employers have signed on to help design curricula.