Posted: Oct 15, 2013 9:11 PM by MTN News - Missoula
MISSOULA - Governor Steve Bullock announced his Complete College Montana Initiative on Tuesday, joining Montana with 33 other states in the Complete College America effort.
Several students, administrators and teachers stayed late after school Tuesday to speak with the Governor during his visit to Hellgate high school. The initiative aims to boost the number of college graduates by implementing new policies for dual enrollment in schools.
Those policies would help students receive college credit before going on to higher education.
Bullock says over 300 students are taking dual enrollment classes in Missoula but the price per credit is barrier for many, "You may be getting the college credit for half the cost you would if you were at the University but at the same token, fifty bucks a credit for a lot of families, is a heck of a lot in high school. So we need to address those, look at what some of the other communities and states are doing to try to really make it so that you know the availability is for every student."
Bullock said visitors brought up some great points Tuesday and added it may be time to have a discussion about Federal aid programs reaching out to high schools.