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BUTTE – Universities and colleges across Montana could be getting an entrepreneurial boost soon from Hewlett-Packard Co.

HP president and chief executive officer Meg Whitman announced the company plans to implement a training initiative on campuses throughout the state to help grow entrepreneurship here.

“America’s economic future depends on the skills of its workforce,” Whitman said during a keynote address Tuesday morning at the Montana Economic Development Summit in Butte.

HP will work with business leaders and higher education leaders and faculty at universities, community colleges and tribal colleges throughout Montana to integrate its HP LIFE e-Learning Initiative.

Coordination efforts to implement the initiative to help grow entrepreneurship training are ongoing, and more details about specific partnerships are forthcoming.

“HP is collaborating with education leaders, institutions and governments to develop classroom and beyond-the-classroom innovations to improve graduates’ jobs prospects,” Whitman said, “and to help them succeed in an increasingly complex and demanding global economy.”

Reporter Jenna Cederberg can be reached at 523-5241 or at jenna.cederberg@missoulian.com.

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