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Montana's role in developing resource leaders to be discussed April 8 at MSU

April 3, 2013 -- MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN - The unique role of Montana in developing state, national and global leaders in the resources sectors will be discussed Monday, April 8, at Montana State University.

Leigh Freeman, a member of the National Resource Council/National Academy of Sciences committee responsible for a recent study on workforce trends in the U.S. energy and minerals industries, will discuss the results of that report during his presentation from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in 301 Linfield Hall. The talk is free and open to the public.

As baby boomers begin to retire, the United States faces the loss of a large number of experienced energy and mining workers in industry, academia and the government, according to the report. At the same time, the current educational system is not producing enough qualified workers to fill future jobs, which increasingly require science and math skills. Some innovative solutions are being pursued, but more action is needed if the nation is to maintain a skilled workforce able to supply energy and mineral needs.

Freeman is a third-generation Montanan and a graduate of Montana Tech with training in geological engineering. His presentation is sponsored by MSU's Department of Land Resources and Environmental Sciences.

Evelyn Boswell, (406) 994-5135 or evelynb@montana.edu