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More Jobs Announced at Economic Summit

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There will be many newly created jobs in Montana as a direct result from this year's economic development summit in Butte.

Monday Max Baucus announced that H.C.S.C and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana are planning to open a new call center in Great Falls, which is expected to employ up to 150.

On Tuesday there were announcements of even more new jobs.

Senator Baucus and Boeing C.E.O, Jim McNerney, announced they will be adding 20 to 25 jobs as the Boeing manufacturing site in Helena will see a major expansion.

The announcements didn't stop there as RightNow Software announced the launch of "Code Montana".

"Any high school student in the state could sign up on this web address and access an online self-paced curriculum to introduce them to software development for 90 days," said RightNow Software's, Greg Gianforte.

"Code Montana" is a program that will teach high school students computer programming skills with the hope to interest students in obtaining a computer science degree, and one day fill high paying programming jobs.

Following the announcement of Code Montana, HP C.E.O. Meg Whitman announced a partnership with Montana's colleges and universities to create opportunities for entrepreneurship training.

"In Montana we would be working with interested leaders and faculty to integrate H.P. Life into community colleges, tribal colleges, and universities across your great state," said Whitman. "With U.S. Colleges counting in the thousands, there is profound potential to make a positive difference in job creation, and grow healthy local economies."

Other speakers today included ConocoPhillips C.E.O Ryan Lance.

Lance who graduated from Montana Tech says his company will continue to add new jobs, and Montana Tech students are on the top of the list to fill those positions.

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