Senators announce more than $3 million for Salish Kootenai College

Two Grants Will Help Students Pursuing Degrees, Renovate Buildings, Upgrade Computers

(Washington, D.C.) – Montana’s U.S. Senators Max Baucus and Jon Tester today announced two grants to help students at Salish Kootenai College.

  • Over the next two years, the Pablo college will receive $1.5 million per year. The money will allow the college to refurbish six buildings, upgrade the computer m management information system, modernize student computer labs, and purchase more reliable, fuel-efficient vehicles for the campus transportation program.

  • Over the next four years, a $357,216 Salish Kootenai College grant will help the professional development of Native American students who are becoming licensed elementary teachers.

“These grants are great news, not only for the current students, but also for the future students who will attend SKC,” Baucus said. “These dollars will help the campus upgrade the facilities and equipment and aid teachers-in-training.”

“Max and I work in the Senate to support education funding because every penny we invest in our students and teachers is money well spent,” Tester said. “I work hard on the Senate Indian Affairs Committee to make sure folks in places like Pablo have the opportunities all Montanans deserve.”

The grants will be awarded through the U.S. Department of Education.