Montana Gov. Steve Bullock was back in the classroom Tuesday, exploring dual-credit offerings at the Billings Career Center in human growth and development as well as web design.

“It’s day four and you’re already designing things?” Bullock asked Kirby Anderson’s 15 or so first-year web design students. While they weren’t quite ready for that, they explained, they were researching how to begin the design process.

In Lori Wilson’s early childhood education class, students read children’s books to one another in order to, as Skyview High School Junior Paige Conyers told the governor, “learn to keep children’s minds going while we’re reading to them.”

Bullock, Lt. Gov. Mike Cooney and Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau were on hand to speak to students and learn more about the Career Center’s dual enrollment program, where students can receive college credit for about 15 classes without paying tuition.

As the school year begins, Bullock, a Democrat, is on a statewide “Innovate and Educate” tour designed to highlight his education policy. One point of emphasis is dual enrollment, which has grown statewide from 2,500 enrollments four years ago to 4,100 during the most recent school year. Bullock wants to add another 1,000 students during the coming school year, which would save families about $5.5 in tuition payments.

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