Posted: Oct 23, 2012 4:24 PM by KXLF Media Center
Updated: Oct 23, 2012 4:47 PM
BUTTE - Gov. Brian Schweitzer visited Butte High School on Tuesday. He told the students assembled in the auditorium to take a year off after they graduate to travel.
"Take a little time and go see some of the world and then come back and go to college and you'll learn a lot more about yourself, your family, your God and of course your own government," Schweitzer said.
Schweitzer said more money has been invested in higher education than anytime in history while he has been the governor of Montana, much of which has been put toward two-year programs.
Montana has been increasing the percent of their population with a college degree at the fastest rate in the country, according to the U. S. Census Bureau. In the last three years, Montana has increased by four percent.
"The most import thing we can do in Montana is create higher paying jobs, and the fastest way to a higher paying job is a college degree," Schweitzer said. "The jobs that pay more are for people who are graduates from colleges of technology or universities. So education matters because then you can get a job for life in Montana."
Schweitzer plans to visit high schools in Southwest Montana throughout the week.