Rural Communities Recruit Well Trained Foreign Workers for Hard to Fill Jobs
The Montana Gap
March 15, 2018
Shelby Schools Superintendent Elliott Crump knows first-hand about the teacher shortage in Montana. The Montana Office of Public Instruction reported 638 full-time openings in the state's "difficult or hard to fill" teaching positions in 2016-17 and Crump's school district had four of them. When no qualified applicants from Montana–or anywhere else in the United States–applied for those jobs, he started looking outside the United States and ended up hiring four teachers from the Philippines.
Cherie Taylor, CEO at Northern Rockies Medical Center in Cut Bank, currently has four Filipino n...