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Gallatin College offers opportunities for career changes

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The Trades Programs at Gallatin College are on the rise, but paying for any type of secondary schooling can be expensive. (MTN News photo) The Trades Programs at Gallatin College are on the rise, but paying for any type of secondary schooling can be expensive. (MTN News photo)
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Emory Danby, 33, was looking for a career change.

“I thought that I still want to work with my hands, I still want to make something,” said Danby. “That's still my drive.”

Danby found what he was looking for with Gallatin College’s machining program.

“I was filling out applications within the day,” he said.

But going back to school with the responsibilities of a family and a mortgage can be a challenge, so Danby had to rely on scholarships to get his certification.

The Trades Programs at Gallatin College are on the rise, but paying for any type of secondary schooling can be expensive.

“It would have been near impossible for me to step out of the workforce, stop making money and do this,” Danby said.

“We’ve really been committed to going out and raising scholarship funds to support these students,” said Bob Hietala, dean of the college.

The Gianforte Family Foundation has provided scholarships specifically for the machining program.

“Over the last few years we have had 30 students get scholarships from the Gianforte Foundation and they range from about $500 to about $1,000,” said Hietala.

Danby will graduate in may and is ready to start his new career.

“I’ve already got a great job,” Danby said. “It was an internship and just last week it turned into a job. (It’s) out in Four Corners for a small manufacturer there.”

The machining program is in its third year and there is already a waitlist for next year.

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