Bitterroot College Announces Rapid Training Courses

November 9, 2022 Accelerate Montana Team

NBC Montana

Bitterroot College has announced their fall/winter course listing of new and returning rapid training courses. The course listings reflect an increased focus on courses designed to build skills that employers say are most needed now, while designed to meet criteria students increasingly demand — courses that help build targeted skills quickly while being flexible to student’s time constraints.

Bitterroot College is partnering with Accelerate Montana’s Rapid Training Program, offering courses that are created to accelerate access to the kinds of professional skills and training that will enable Montanans in the Bitterroot Valley, Ravalli County and Hamilton, to take advantage of the economic opportunities available now. All course offerings leverage Bitterroot College’s unique capabilities in workforce training in key industries, while providing trainings that are fast, flexible, affordable, and designed to provide participants with the skills that employers say they need.

Angela McLean, Director at Bitterroot College, stated, “Bitterroot College has a long tradition of delivering workforce training. We believe with these upcoming rapid training courses we are leveling up while building on that great tradition. We’re very excited to be delivering courses that the market and students want and need such as commercial driver’s license training, while creating a focused set of courses that will allow us to become a regional center of excellence in healthcare training. We are looking forward to adding to our portfolio of trainings as we engage both the community and regional employers to build the skills our community and Montana need.”

Paul Gladen, Director of AccelerateMT, welcomed the important addition of Bitterroot College to the growing cadre of institutions taking up the effort of rapid training in workforce development in Montana. "Bitterroot College is an essential institution when it comes to effective and highly targeted rapid training courses in their region and in our state. They are delivering courses aligned to the needs of employers who are seeking skilled workers for good paying jobs. The rapid training programs also address the needs of participants by offering training that is precisely targeted to their ambition and time constraints in a format that is fast, flexible, and affordable.

The portfolio of Bitterroot’s fall and winter rapid training course offerings are as follows with registration for all now open:

1. Commercial Driver License Training: Earning a CDL can qualify trainees for countless jobs. This 160-hour course will prepare participants for Montana Class A licensure. The course combines classroom instruction with yard experience and 1:1 training. Participants will leave this course with basic truck driving skills and knowledge of DOT rules and regulations.

2. Certified Nurse Aid Training: This five-week nurse aide training course will prepare participants to sit for the Montana Certified Nurse Aide licensing exam. Combining 54 hours of classroom instruction with 40 hours of clinicals, this course is designed to prepare participants aged 16 and up to serve in a wide array of healthcare venues

3. Patient Access and Registration Professional: Excellent customer service skills in healthcare are at a premium and are the foundation of this upcoming rapid training program, which instills in trainees an essential understanding of patient care ethics, insurance billing, medical record management, and more. This course develops savvy patient access care professionals who will be prepared to enter Montana’s medical field.

4. Certified Phlebotomy Technician: After completing this rapid training course, students will be skilled in safe puncture methods, anatomy/physiology, and lab use. Students who complete the course can then sit for the Certified Phlebotomy Technician exam.

5. Certified Clinical Medical Assistant: Touching on everything from vital signs to the technical aspects of phlebotomy, this program trains students to assist physicians in the healthcare industry. Through classroom instruction, hands-on labs, and a clinical externship, students will be prepared to sit for the National Health Career Association’s CCMA exam.

6. Low-Pressure Boiler: This course is available to those who wish to obtain boiler engineer licensure. Licensure requires the completion of three steps, including (1) an approved low-pressure boiler course, (2) a 40-hour experience under a licensed engineer, and (3) a written exam. This course covers step 1 and can be completed in just one week.

There are a variety of program fee assistance opportunities. Those interested are urged to consult fee assistance listings on the program application and reach out with questions.

Those interested can learn more or register directly for any of the courses at

For more information or for questions please reach out to Meri Telin at Bitterroot Collage, 406-375-0100 or regional outreach coordinator for Accelerate Montana, Shane Kravik at

For more information on Accelerate Montana and the Rapid Training Program please visit

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