Montana State’s ‘work jacket’ has been awarded $2.4m prize

WASHINGTON (AP) A $2,440,000 federal grant to a Montana State University graduate program that teaches people to survive disasters will go to the work jacket, which the university said will be a first in its history.

The work jacket was awarded to the graduate school’s graduate assistant program, which is in the process of transitioning to a full-time program, and will be made available to students after the program is fully operational, the school said Monday in a statement.

“This award shows Montana State is truly committed to the safety of its students and their families, and we look forward to working with the graduate assistant faculty to ensure the jacket provides the safety and support needed to prepare them for the transition,” said Michael Gagnon, the university’s associate vice chancellor for academic affairs.

The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Postsecondary Education and Training.

The award is part of the National Work-Study Grant Program, a $1.5 billion federal program that supports postsecondary education and training for students from low-income and minority backgrounds.

The program was created by the National Labor Relations Act in 1947 and is administered by the Department of Labor.

The department said the awards will be used to hire additional postsecondary assistants, hire and train more teachers and other support staff, and provide equipment for the department.