Veterans Education Programs

RIVER Offers Multiple Training Programs With A Focus On Veterans. We offer courses to all Veterans, Civilians, Spouses and Family. Courses are approved for GI Bill funding by Veteran Affairs.

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"A mind is a terrible thing to waste."

Especially when you consider how much leadership training you've had in combination with worldly experiences. That kind of perspective makes you a greater asset to your family, your community and the world at large.

We offer short courses in essential subjects as well as full-enrollment programs that will build on your talents so that you can better translate your military skills into a civilian career. Although we are primarily a veteran program, we invite your immediate family members to attend classes with you as much as they like. Many of our veterans have really enjoyed being able to share their experience with their loved ones.

At RIVER, our aim is to educate and strengthen our veterans and the people who support them. To learn more, click on one of the buttons below or give us a call at (406) 540-2302.

Full-Student Education Programs

community veteran emergency medical technician

This emerging healthcare profession allows paramedics and EMTs to operate in expanded roles to provide health and social care to underserved populations.

Course Length : 12 Months

This is the entry level course to the Emergency Medical Service (EMS) profession. Course topics include: EMT roles and responsibilities, airway management, patient assessment, medical emergencies, anatomy and physiology, documentation, lifting and moving, communications, childbirth, trauma emergencies, pediatric emergencies, environmental emergencies, behavioral emergencies, and ambulance operations. Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be eligible to take a comprehensive competency-based EMT examination. A passing score of 75 percent is required for students wishing to take the Basic EMT Licensure Examination given by the Montana State Board of Medical Examiners. Technician

recreational therapy

Recreational therapist training is the perfect transition to help veterans reintegrate civilian life. Outdoor activities in the following; fishing, rafting, skiing, and photography can be very therapeutic.

Course Length : 12 Months

Outdoor activities may not seem like the setting to receive medical, physical or emotional therapeutic assistance, but for many, it’s the perfect place. RIVER graduates will be trained how to assist Veterans and clients thanks to courses in Wilderness EMR Training, Crisis Intervention, Health and Wellness, Working with Veterans, Introduction to Addictive Behavior, Peer Counseling, Confidentiality, Documentation, Planning, Implementing & Evaluating Treatment/Programs, Foundations of Professional Practice, and how to Manage a Recreational Therapy Practice.

Free Courses Available to the Public

Veterans Benefits

Explain why it is important for veterans to understand their benefits to empower themselves. Why does RIVER consider it important to counsel students in their rights as veterans?

Course Length : 12 Months

This course presents veterans’ social security laws. Students will learn how to file a claim with the Veterans Administration.  Students will also learn about the issues and laws relating to claims. Upon completion, students will obtain a Veterans Advocacy certificate from the National Veterans Legal Service Program.

Cognitive behavioral therapy

Explain briefly what CBT is and how it applies to the field of veterans therapy. Describe a high-level overview of what the CBT course offers to students.

Course Length : 12 Months

This course presents background information about the personal characteristics of an effective counselor using strengths-based counseling and by offering case-studies that illustrate appropriate counselor values and philosophies. Students will learn how to establish a counseling relationship; defining counselor-client roles, and how to present the client's responsibility in discovering/learning more appropriate and healthy behaviors. Through applied exercises, students will be introduced to the practice of a client-centered approach (using such communication skills as listening, attending, reflection) on intake, assessment/evaluation, planning and case management.

Courses are approved for GI Bill funding by Veteran Affairs.
You ARE worth it.