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State school superintendent advocates trade careers

Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction Elsie Arntzen teamed up with the Montana Contractors’ Association to host an event at Hellgate High School in Missoula.

Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction Elsie Arntzen teamed up with the Montana Contractors’ Association to host an event at Hellgate High School in Missoula.

Students toured Hellgate High School’s construction areas to get an up-close view of trade fields like construction work, carpentry and electrical work.

Officials say the purpose of this event is to let students know about job opportunities with or without a college degree

“Forty percent of our high school graduates do go off to college, but 60 percent don't. So, let’s see if we can help everybody when they cross that stage and they have a diploma from Montana Public Schools. We can also give them some skills to go out and sign up with an employer and get a job,” said Arntzen.

Hellgate High is the fourth school to have this event with more tours and events this fall.

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