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Polson, St. Ignatius receive grants

News from the Montana Office of Public Instruction

HELENA— The Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education and the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation announced that 15 communities have been selected for iGraduate Montana Challenge Fund grants. Grants of up to $10,000 were awarded to schools, colleges, and non-profits through a competitive application process.

The iGraduate Montana initiative is in partnership with the Office of Public Instruction and the Montana Department of Labor and Industry. 

iGraduate Montana focuses on high school graduation and includes workforce development activities, such as connecting students to high-demand career pathways, and/or post-high school education opportunities. The Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education will grow the iGraduate Montana initiative in the next four years by increasing the number of proposals funded each year.

Top proposals were selected based on a demonstration of need, scope of impact, and strength of partnerships. Polson High School and St. Ignatius High School were successful applicants from our area.

Grants ranging from $2,000 to $10,000 focus on bringing relevant career and college skills to students through apprenticeship, work-based learning, mentoring, dual enrollment, career fairs, and college visits. Awardees will partner with Montana businesses and non-profits for students to gain real world experience. 

“To be relevant in the 21st Century, the learning environment must include a full range of options for youth. That starts with students making use of technology to expand their academic options and integrating career readiness programs, with the ultimate goal of giving our youth the knowledge and skills to pursue their dreams. iGraduate Montana is uniquely designed to meet these goals,” said Mike Halligan, Executive Director of the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation.

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