Lawmakers in House Appropriations Friday probed the details of a proposed $1.5 million investment in workforce development for K-12 students. The money would be split evenly among seven existing Career and Technology Student Organizations that connect students with apprenticeships, job shadowing and skill-building conferences and competitions.
Author Archives: Alex Sakariassen
Alex Sakariassen is a 2008 graduate of the University of Montana's School of Journalism, where he worked for four years at the Montana Kaimin student newspaper and cut his journalistic teeth as a paid news intern for the Choteau Acantha for two summers. After obtaining his bachelor's degree in journalism and history, Sakariassen spent nearly 10 years covering environmental issues and state and federal politics for the alternative newsweekly Missoula Independent. He transitioned into freelance journalism following the Indy's abrupt shuttering in September 2018, writing in-depth features, breaking news stories and columns for a variety of publications including the Pacific Northwest Inlander, Mountain Outlaw Magazine, Kaiser Health News and the Montana Free Press. Sakariassen took a full time position as Montana Free Press' education reporter in January 2021, covering K-12 and higher education as well as state policy developments impacting voting rights and health care.