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Montana Ready - School Partnerships

In today’s educational landscape, there is an ever-increasing need for every business to partner with local schools, especially in rural areas with limited access to opportunity or materials.  There are endless opportunities for businesses to support local schools’ efforts and educate the future workforce and citizens of Montana.

The OPI’s Montana Ready initiative is focused on imparting tangible skills on students, beginning in middle school, that will help them succeed in careers or college immediately after high school.  Join The Office of Public Instruction and the MT Ready initiative to help create a College and Career ready future for Montana's students!



Montana Schools & Business Partnerships

A Measured Success

A story of Darby High School's shop program that partnered with Bitterroot Trout Shop and Jeff & Jim Able at Measure Nets

A Taste of Excellence

Ms. Leik and Helena High School's Culinary students are cooking up something good with Chili O'Briens Catering Service

From High School to Hospital

Join Sarah May on her journey from C.M. Russell High School to Surgical Technologist at Benefis Health System.


Workforce Development

CTE Perspectives

Businesses recognize the part that Career & Technical Education programs play in developing employees that have the skills to work in Montana's ever changing economy.

Legislative Perspectives

Career and Technical Education provides many pathways to careers in the CTE field and Montana's legislature are committed to supporting its growth.

Success in the New Economy

This update to the viral animation video “Success in the New Economy” helps audiences understand how to secure a competitive advantage in the new economy.


Work-Based Learning



Purpose of this Manual

This manual is a resource for secondary staff initiating, implementing or improving work-based learning. This includes instructors, administrators, counselors, coordinators, and support personnel. This manual can also be helpful to employers and others in the community who are interested in increasing their understanding of workbased learning.

There are three objectives addressed in this guidance document:

  • To define Work-Based Learning and its benefits to a student’s educational plan
  • To be a detailed reference for districts developing Work-Based Learning programs
  • To be a comprehensive resource for individuals already involved in providing Work-Based Learning programs