Providence Health and Services announced Wednesday that it is expanding behavioral health services in all nine of its primary care clinics in western Montana.

Montana Public Schools have received a $100,000 grant to help health sciences programs in schools. The grant will focus on getting students in rural areas and reservations a clearer path to careers in health sciences.

Changes In Child Care Standards Could Close Provider's Doors
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New federal regulations are changing how daycare centers are allowed to operate in Montana. While state officials write a plan for these new rules, some childcare providers are unsure about the future of their businesses.

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The University of Montana is celebrating a seven-figure estate gift that’s led to the creation of a new perpetual scholarship program.

The University of Montana campus.
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Newly-released enrollment numbers for the University of Montana show there are now about 1,000 fewer students on its Missoula campuses compared to spring semester last year.

Senior High School to Offer a Varsity Letter In Science

Feb 29, 2016

Billings Senior High School will soon award a varsity letter in Science.

Several school officials say the letter in science is the first of its kind in the state.

There are several components to earning that letter. “Part of that is tied to their grades, classes that they take, and their community involvement in STEM related things,” says Craig Beals, chemistry teacher and faculty advisor to the Senior High STEM Society.

STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. 

UM is currently registering middle school girls for the “Expanding Your Horizons” STEM conference in April. This is its third year running. It’s geared towards keeping middle school girls interested in STEM careers.
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A University of Montana study found that although many Montana students are proficient in science and math, about 75 percent of them don’t end up pursuing these fields as careers - particularly women. Women make up fewer than a quarter of all STEM professionals in the U.S.—jobs in science, technology, engineering and math. Yet they are half the workforce.

Flathead Valley Community College
Flathead Valley Community College

Flathead Valley Community College released their enrollment numbers for their spring semester, and there has been a decrease in the number of full-time students.

Recruiters representing over 70 employers from across the region visited the University of Montana this week.
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Hospitals and clinics across Montana have long had a hard time recruiting doctors and nurses to serve the state’s needs. That can be true of other healthcare professions, too, like therapists, pharmacists and technicians. A new analysis this year says demand for healthcare workers in Montana is going to grow by 40 percent in the next 10 years.

Graduation Matters Montana is now accepting applications for the 2016 Challenge Fund. Submissions must be completed by March 4. It will provide more than $190,000 in competitive grants statewide.

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There will soon be more job openings in Montana than qualified workers to fill those positions. State government and educational leaders briefed Missoula’s business community on Tuesday about the impending problem.