Strengthening Workforce Alignment in Montana's Manufacturing and Energy Industries (SWAMMEI) Project
Montana Total Consortium Award Amount: $24,978,329
Consortium Lead: Great Falls College
Consortium members: Fort Peck Community College, Montana State University-Northern, City College at Montana State University Billings, Gallatin College Montana State University, Missoula College of the University of Montana, Bitterroot College of the University of Montana, Helena College University of Montana, Highlands College of Montana Tech, Flathead Valley Community College, Dawson Community College, Miles Community College, Little Big Horn College
In eight target occupations, the Strengthening Workforce Alignment in Montana's Manufacturing and Energy Industries (SWAMMEI) project offers TAA-eligible, veteran and other low-skilled student populations an opportunity to access accelerated training anywhere in the state. The eight areas (and the lead institution) include:
- Welding and Welding Fabrication (Great Falls College MSU)
- Manufacturing (Flathead Valley Community College)
- Machining, Industrial Maintenance and Industrial Electronics
- Oil and Gas (MSUB City College)
- Energy Technician (Missoula College)
- Diesel Technology (Helena College and MSU Northern)
- Entrepreneurship (Flathead Valley Community College)
- Emporium Math (no lead)
- CDL/Heavy Equipment Operators (no lead)
Each SWAMMEI stacked credential uses a common delivery system to provide interactive, technology-enhanced and online curriculum. This approach creates significant efficiencies, wherein a single faculty facilitator can deliver online training to students across the state. Web-based curricula are reinforced with practical, hands-on training components that students can complete in a consolidated period of time.
City College at MSU Billings SWAMMEI Oil & Gas Grant Project
Participating colleges: Bitteroot College University of Montana, Dawson Community College, Little Big Horn College
Format: Traditional Non-credit Short Course
Courses: Operator, Roustabout/Extraction
Estimated Participants: 309
Cost of Strategy: $1,136,412
City College at MSU Billings will act as consultant to other colleges, bringing instructors, necessary equipment and training materials to other locations.
Working closely with employers in eastern Montana and the Bakken, City College will begin offering industry-specific training that will make workers more competitive for entry-level jobs in the oil and gas industry. Funds have been included in the budgets of Dawson, LBHC, and Bitterroot to contract with City College to offer these trainings to local workers.
“The Strengthening Workforce Alignment in Montana’s Manufacturing and Energy Industries (SWAMMEI) program was funded 100% by a grant award from the U.S. Department of Labor- Employment and Training Administration. City College at Montana State University Billings total amount of federal funds is $1,465,338.”