Welcome to 2021!

Welcome to 2021!2021-02-09T19:30:43-07:00

Vocational Rehabilitation & Blind Services Information, Pre-ETS

Vocational Rehabilitation & Blind Services

Visit the VRBS Website.

VRBS is here to help!

“Pre-ETS” give you an introduction to work,
helping you make informed job choices,
learn good work habits, and get real work

Did you know you are eligible for Pre_ETS if you are:

  • A student with a disability
  • Between 14 and 21 years old
  • In highschool, college, or another recognized education program.

See the links below to learn more about VRBS and how they can help you.


Rack Card

Pre-ETS letter to Parents

Student Request Form for Pre-Employment Transition Services Form 9

Student Request Form for Pre-Employment Transition Services Form 10

Vocational Rehabilitation & Blind Services Information, Pre-ETS2020-12-08T15:52:02-07:00

Latest news from Montana Empowerment Center


View our most recent newsletter from December 1st, 2020.

  • MEC Presents!  A webinar December 10th!
  • Giving Tuesday 2020

  • Breaking Through Barriers: Elevating the Voices of Young People-An Evening Virtual Event for Youth

    AGED 3-5

  • Holidays During the Pandemic

    Tips for reducing stress, helping kids cope, and making new traditions

  • Name our newsletter!


Click here to view our newsletter!

Latest news from Montana Empowerment Center2020-12-02T13:48:33-07:00

Announcing Award of Parent Training and Information Center Grant



October 1, 2020



Montana Empowerment Center, Inc.  Announces Award of Parent Training and Information Center Grants


Kalispell, MT  – Montana Empowerment Center, Inc., (MEC)  is happy to announce that it has been awarded the Parent Training and Information Center grant in Montana for an annual $200,000 for the next five years. The award was made by the U.S. Department of Education.

MEC’s mission is to empower, encourage and educate all Montana families. Their focus is families of children and young adults (birth to 26 years of age) with disabilities.  In an environment of support, empowerment, hope and respect, MEC provides relevant information, training and resources. MEC enables and empowers parents and care providers to advocate and directly support their children and youth with disabilities.


MEC staff looks forward to developing partnerships with families of children, youth, and young adults with disabilities. Learn more about MEC at our website www.mtempowermentcenter.org and be sure to like MEC on Facebook!


The grant is funded by the Department of Education to  promote effective education of infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities by strengthening the role and responsibility of parents and ensuring they have meaningful opportunities to participate in their children’s education.

Announcing Award of Parent Training and Information Center Grant2020-11-02T15:56:43-07:00

Announcing our new Executive Director

Rebecca Bogden-Richards

Rebecca Bogden-Richards

The Montana Empowerment Center Board of Directors is excited to announce that Rebecca Bogden-Richards has joined our team as our Executive Director. We are confident Rebecca will provide strong leadership as we transition the Parent Training Information Center (PTI) Program back to Montana.

Rebecca has over a decade of leadership, development and management experience in non-profit and community-based organizations. She is the mother of a child with Cystic Fibrosis who has a 504 plan to accommodate her educational needs. Rebecca spent seven years as an advocate with Parents, Let’s Unite for Kids, the former Montana PTI center. She designed and implemented several successful trainings supporting parents and professionals across the state. Rebecca has served as a family representative on the Governor appointed Family Support Services Advisory Board and several other local boards to help guide decision making for families.

Rebecca oversees staff operations and partners with the Montana Empowerment Center Board of Directors on organizational planning. During this transition, we are committed to our vision that Montana families of children with disabilities will have the information, resources and support they need to make informed choices to support their children and empower their family.

Please join me in welcoming Rebecca Bogden-Richards to Montana Empowerment Center.

Announcing our new Executive Director2020-09-22T15:03:05-06:00
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