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    November 15, 2021

    Growing the Next Generation of Safe Workers

    It’s often said, that to create a culture of safety, you must build it from the ground up. Landon Stubbs is doing just that. As the woods and building trades teacher at Great Falls High School, he’s not only tasked to teach constructions skills, but keep his students safe in the process.  

    One way he keeps his students safe is through Montana State Fund’s (MSF) Growing a Safer Montana Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Grant program. The program awards middle and high school classrooms up to $850 in PPE like eye protection, hearing protection, gloves, and welding gear.

    The PPE program is part of MSF’s Growing a Safer Montana initiative to improve Montana’s workplace safety culture. The initiative teaches and reinforces positive safety in the classroom before young students enter Montana’s workforce. This is the third year Stubbs has received the grant.

    “For me and the students, it has helped create a new safety culture that has been lacking in our state. There needs to be a change in our culture to not only promote safety but make it a priority,” said Stubbs.

    In addition to Great Falls High School, 36 other high schools and 11 middle school classrooms received safety gear.  At the start of the 2021 school year, MSF partnered with A&M Fire and Safety in Butte to deliver 2,552 pairs of safety glasses and over 1,400 pairs of gloves to the eligible classrooms

    Selected classrooms cab also use a portion of their grant money to order specialized safety equipment such as machine guards, welding curtains or specialized PPE.

    Since the program’s 2017 inception, over $100,000 worth safety gear has benefited 11,000 students.

    However, MSF realizes there is still work to be done. Montana’s injury rate has remained consistent from 2018 to 2019 at 3.9 injuries for every 100 workers. This back to back incident rate is higher than the national average of 2.8 for every 100 workers.

    MSF is hopeful the Growing a Safer Montana initiative will continue to be a catalyst to lower injury rates for our next generation of Montana’s workers.

    2021 High School Grant Recipients

    Arlee High SchoolWelding/Building TradesEric Koetter
    Belfry High SchoolWelding/ Ag MechanicsKasey McClane
    Belgrade High SchoolWelding/ Woods Eric Kinnaman
    Big Sky High SchoolWelding Caleb Olson
    Bozeman High SchoolWoodsRebecca Brown
    Bozeman High SchoolAuto TechCarl Poeschl
    Bozeman High SchoolMetalsRebecca Brown
    Chester-Joplin-InvernessWelding/ Woodworking Joel Steinmetz
    CMR – Great FallsPre-construction/ Residential ElectricalKarl Berg
    Conrad High SchoolBuilding TradesJim Carroll
    Cut BankWelding Brian Hayes
    Darby High SchoolConstruction TradesMichael Meves
    Dawson High SchoolAg Mechanics/ Welding/ Metals Leanne Hoagland
    East Helena High SchoolWelding/ Carpentry/ Small Engines/ CAD Casey Harris
    Gallatin High SchoolMetals/ Woods/ AutoMatthew Bakken
    Glacier High SchoolWoods 1, 2, 3Richard Peters
    Great Falls High SchoolResidential Electricity Everett Pate
    Great Falls High SchoolWoods/ Construction/ Welding/ Automotive/ Electrical/ Drafting Landon Stubbs 
    Hamilton High SchoolConstruction Tech/ Welding FabRuss Fisk
    Havre High SchoolConstruction Tech/ Woodworking 1, 2 Micky Haney
    Havre High SchoolAuto TechTyler Kropf
    Hays Lodgepole SchoolsWelding Susan Werk
    Helena High SchoolWelding Cindy Galbavy
    Hellgate High SchoolBuilding Trades 1, 2, 3 Charles Rinehart 
    Jordan Public Schools Building Trades/ Welding Patrick Garner 
    Paris Gibson Education CenterAuto/ Welding Joe Wilkins
    Powell County High SchoolsCabinetry/ Carpentry Clint Stevenson 
    Rapelje High SchoolWoodworking/ Welding Joseph Schladweiler
    Red Lodge High SchoolWoodworking/ Carpentry James Sigl
    Red Lodge High SchoolWelding/ AutomotiveJustin Elton
    Sentinel High School Welding/ Carpentry/ Automotive PLTWDavid Burtch
    Turner High SchoolVo-AgTony Warren
    Park High SchoolIndustrial TechnologyJamie Isaly
    Superior High SchoolConstruction/ Welding/ Woods Jeff Schultz
    Colstrip High SchoolAg EdKatie Mitchell
    Custer County High SchoolAg EdTodd Lackman
    Colstrip High SchoolAg and industry edTodd Lackman

    2021 Middle School Grant Recipients

    ArleewoodsEric Koetter
    Charlo SchoolsShopStan Atchley
    Chester- Joplin- InvernessShopJoel Steinmetz
    Darby Middles SchoolCAD/ CNCThomas Wood
    East Valley Middle SchoolTech education/ Industrial TechCory Horne 
    Havre Middle SchoolIndustril arts Austin Ouellette
    Manhatten Middle SchoolShopJosh Mostad 
    Plains Middle SchoolTechnology EducationKyle Mitchell
    Poplar Middle SchoolWoodworking Joseph Hammar 
    Turner Schools Vo-AgTony Warren