Written by The Wolf Point Herald
Rural Montana Student Works is providing students with a special job training program relative to their career goals to help them save money for college or a job training program.
Qualifying participants open a Work Savings Account with a local, participating credit union. The student will participate in a work experience with a public agency, school or non-profit organization.
REO will pay the student for their time of work, which will then be deposited into their new account.
Each student has the opportunity to earn up to $1,500 in gross wages. These funds will be saved and used to cover expenses related to continuing their education or completing job training after high school.
Rural Montana Student Works is compatible with the school-to-work classes that many high schools already have in place.
However, by incorporating RMSW, students will not only earn high school class credits, but will also be working to save money for their post-secondary education.
To qualify for the program, individuals must be age 16 to 19 and still in high school, live in a participating rural county and meet household income requirements.
Rural Montana Saves is a project of Rural Employment Opportunities, Montana’s Credit Unions, Student Assistance Foundation, and Montana State University Extension.
This project is funded in part under a contract with the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services.
Applications and information are also available at www.reomontana.org — look for the program link to Rural Montana Saves.