TDS presents Worlds of Work Career Expo 2023 with $10,000 to fund key supplies

Program provides students with hands-on intro to businesses in Great Falls, Montana

GREAT FALLS, Montana – To address community workforce needs, TDS Telecommunications LLC (TDS®) has awarded $10,000 to the Central Montana Works Worlds of Work™ (WOW) Career Expo 2023.

WOW is an immersive and interactive expo providing local middle and high school students with hands-on introductions to career pathways within the Great Falls area.

“Many thanks to TDS for helping us reach the next generation,” said Alyssa Larkey, Workforce Development Program Coordinator at Central Montana Works! “Through programs like WOW, students can speak one-on-one with business professionals working in the field and see first-hand how they do their jobs. By interacting with businesses, students learn how to connect with business and broaden their ability to understand how each job plays a specific role in our economy. At WOW, students have so much fun, they don’t even realize they’re learning!”

Hosted at Great Falls College MSU and the University of Providence, the WOW Career Expo will be held Sept. 26, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., for Central Montana students in Grades 8th and 10th. In addition to the career expo for students, WOW will host an open house that day for members of the public to see what career opportunities are now available. The open house will be from 3 to 5 p.m.

TDS Associate Manager of Field Marketing Raymond Porter nominated the WOW Career Expo for the grant saying he was impressed with how WOW gives students “hands-on experience” of trades, arts, and professions in Montana.

“Rather than telling, WOW shows,” said Porter. “Instead of a counselor or textbook explaining job opportunities to young people, WOW provides a direct demonstration with the employers who work in the industry. This innovative program located in Great Falls aligns perfectly with the spirit of TDS. From Field Services to Sales to Information Technology, our associates can teach students about our fiberoptic technology, and our retail and marketing fields. From there, we encourage students to apply for internships and positions within TDS.”

To help address local and community workforce needs, WOW Great Falls offers 16 Career and Technical Education tracks for students to explore, from vocational opportunities and beyond.

TDS is currently hiring throughout Montana. Positions are now posted on the company’s website at TDS has hired 80 associates in Montana since announcing two years ago it was building a fiber network in Big Sky Country.

TDS is currently building its fiber network in Helena, Helena Valley, Butte, Missoula, and Billings, with plans to begin construction in Great Falls soon. TDS will deliver up to 8Gig symmetrical internet speeds for businesses and residents, along with a variety of phone and digital TV options. Area residents can visit to register for service, monitor the progress of the build, and sign up for notifications about the new service.

Media Contact: Cheryl McCollum | Associate Manager - Communications | TDS Telecom | 608-664-2388 |  

TDS Telecommunications LLC (TDS Metrocom/TDS) is a leading provider of fiber internet service. With more than 50 years of experience, the growing communications company is building and deploying new, fiber optic networks in neighborhoods across the country to deliver up to 8 Gigabit internet speeds to homes and up to 10 Gigabit internet speeds to businesses. In addition, TDS provides innovative TV entertainment and advanced phone services. Visit to learn more.

TDS provides communications services to a mix of small to mid-sized urban, suburban and rural communities throughout the United States. The company employs more than 3,400 people nationwide and is a subsidiary of Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. (TDS Inc.). Founded in 1969, Telephone and Data Systems provides wireless, broadband, video and voice; and hosted and managed services to approximately 6 million connections nationwide through its businesses: UScellular, TDS Telecom, and OneNeck IT Solutions. Visit for more information.

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