2022-23 Successful Applicants for Montana's Future at Work:

Missoula College - CMA
Great Falls College - Cybersecurity
Highlands College - CDL
Missoula College - Cybersecurity
Bitterroot College - C N A
Helena College - EMT
Miles Community College - C N A


Grant Application

The Montana University System seeks promising grant proposals that will deliver responsive CTE outcomes in high-need, short-term credential areas in the community where high school students live. 

What is it? 

  • Montana’s Future at Work is a grant funded by the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation designed with three goals in mind:
    1. Train 10-15 high school students in a CTE field in the community where they live;
    2. Grow an understanding of the need for more training in the field among students, educators, community members and family members;
    3. Promote/Market the CTE field to local and state stakeholders
  • The grants will be $30,000-$50,000 in size.
  • 4-6 grants will be awarded.  
  • The awards are for one year with an opportunity for a smaller grant award for a second year.  

Who may apply? 

  • Montana public post-secondary institutions in partnership with at least one accredited Montana high school.  

Funds must be used to meet Montana’s Future at Work program goals and may include:

  • Marketing the credential (all grantees must create a 30 second video promoting the credential and its need)
  • Marketing can include promotional items such as stickers, magnets, posters, etc. as well as strengthening an online presence for the credential
  • Expenses related to convenings for stakeholder groups
  • Exam fees and books and supplies for students

Request for Proposals

Applications must include:  

  • A focus on high school students interested in earning one high need short-term credential in a short time in the community where they live
  • The high need credential needs to be outlined in the proposal
  • A description of how 10-15 students will be recruited to participate and complete the program
  • A plan to support these students to a stackable credential before or in concurrence with high school graduation (if the ultimate degree is an AA or AS, the plan must include a plan to ensure completion of a badge or something stackable
  • Must include a support letter or email from partner high school(s) to supply sufficient numbers of student participants
  • Must include a creative plan to market/advertise the credential to students, families, educators and other community stakeholders
  • Must include a plan to develop and disseminate a 30 second video featuring the credential and it’s need and thus encouraging high school students, their families and others to consider it as a field 
  • A high need, short-term credential is considered a certificate that can be earned in one or two semesters (in this case while students also matriculate in their high school studies). Ideal grants would support students to completion in the credential area prior to or along with their high school diploma. 
    • Potential credential areas could include (please note this is not an exhaustive list of opportunities):
      • Cybersecurity
      • Respiratory therapy
      • Robotics
      • Auto-tech
      • Education
      • Nursing
      • Machining
      • Photonics
      • Dental Assistant

Other Considerations:

How will you partner with industry on your project?

How will you leverage the partnerships with K-12 and with industry to best grow the dialogue and support of this CTE field?  



Montana's Future at Work