MT Tech's Highland College heads out in the community

First-of-its-kind apprenticeship program
Posted at 9:39 AM, Jan 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-30 11:39:14-05

BUTTE — Most everyone would agree, the best way to learn how to do something, is by actually doing it. MT Tech’s Highlands College is putting that idea to work for the very first time.

Vicki Petritz teaches accounting at Highland’s College in Butte. She tells Montana This Morning’s Chet Layman that this started as an idea suggested by the State of Montana.

Petritz says she was approached by the Montana Department of Labor to start apprenticeship programs. Starting right after the new year, three accounting students from Highlands College began working in Butte businesses as student accountants. Petritz says they still continue to attend class, but the hand-on work the highlights much of the effort of the classroom. She also says it gives the students a chance to see how all that classroom wok actually functions in the real world. They then can take that hands-on experience and get feedback from the classroom instructors.

Petritz joined Montana this Morning Live as part of the program’s regular effort to highlights activities going on at Montana Tech in Butte.