“The most effective way to address the Montana labor shortage is to invest in successful and proven programs such as the sustainable building program at Missoula College,” said John Freer, director of the program and interim chair of the Department of Industrial Technology. “Basic knowledge for working in the company is just as important as practical skills for working on the construction site, and many students look forward to learning both.”
During the two-year program, students split their time to learn construction management skills in a lecture setting in the classroom and then apply those lessons at the campus workstation, where students work together to build a house.
The students Cayce Balk and Austin Franck want to use the skills from the program to work independently as runabouts and to be their own bosses.
“It’s a basic starting point where if you don’t know a lot about construction it’s a pretty helpful class because you start with the basics,” Frank said Wednesday on the Missoula College West campus.
Regardless of where their future career takes them, they are confident that their Missoula College experience will lead them to success.
“I have a feeling employers are going to say, ‘Oh, you went to college for this?’ And it will be a lot easier to get hired, ”said Balk.