Voter-passed mill levy could jump-start Hamilton students' careers


HAMILTON, Mont. - A general fund school mill levy passed by voters Tuesday will give some Hamilton High School students a jump start on getting a skilled job or college career.

$175,000 of the $485,000 mill levy will allow kids to get early training in medical, technological, or manufacturing industries.

Hamilton High industrial tech instructor Brent Holmes said students can get dual credits with Bitterroot College while they're still in high school.

"Part of that is going to allow us to develop more classes that will allow students to have more career choices," said Holmes.

It's called Big Sky Pathways. It offers direction for students interested in any career.

The dual credits will be offered to students interested in careers like welding, health sciences, engineering, computer design or business.

"You can be set up where you can go out and work," said Holmes. "You can go to less school and get what you need."

Hamilton High senior Miles Hanson is on his way to Montana Tech to study mechanical engineering. He's been preparing for his career.

On Wednesday, we talked with the 17-year-old as he was welding.

Hanson thinks the Pathways program will help scores of students in the future.

"They can take advantage of having college classes in the high school," he said. "It's cheaper."

Supporters of the levy see early preparation as a way to get good paying jobs in high-demand fields.