Category Archives: Students

Youth Construction Trades Project Has a Successful Start

Jim Cox of JC Contractors met the students at the Broadway Bridget project in Boise, explaining the details about the job.

Jim Cox of JC Contractors met the students at the Broadway Bridge project in Boise, explaining the details about the job.

Twelve individuals are one step closer to beginning their career in the construction industry after an intensive training program.

Over two weeks earlier this summer, these 12 students participated in a youth construction training project using  Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act program funds.

The project blends the employment needs of youth with in-demand local construction industry jobs and consists of prescreened, low income and/or at-risk youth 18- to 24-years-old who have obtained their high school diploma or GED.

“I signed up for the program because it’s very beneficial for me or anyone else who wants to be successful and have a career,” said Stratton Nzansabandi, 19. “Once you get out of high school most of us don’t know what we’re doing, so it’s better to do this program; it’s free training, you get paid during your internship training and you get to start a career.”

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Internships Provide Learning Opportunities, Employment

An internship is a great way for college students to get hands-on experience in their chosen field before they graduate.

“Internships serve a lot of different purposes for both the participant and the employer,” said Ricia Lasso, regional business specialist for the Idaho Department of Labor. “It gives them real-life, on-the-job experience so they can see if they’re interested in that type of work. It gives them an introduction to that particular company, and it introduces the company to potential people they can hire in the future.”

It’s also good for the student’s resume.

According to a 2012 Forbes article, those who participate in an internship had a seven out of 10 chance of being hired by the company where they interned.

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Students Discover Path to High-Paying Careers During Technology Expo

Over the past few months, eastern Idaho high schools have held career and technology expos to showcase many of the high-tech careers offered throughout the state.


A student watches an instructor during a recent technology expo.

Seven expos were scheduled to take place by the end of spring, allowing students the chance to gain hands-on experience, talk to employers and discover a path to the careers highlighted at each expo.

“This event was beneficial to students and parents because it introduced them to high paying technology jobs they could get with very few years of training,” said Jane Ward, superintendent of the Aberdeen School District. “Many jobs offered to pay for training while they were employed. Jobs were also introduced to students that would allow them to stay in the communities they currently live in.”

The technology expos are a product of a collaboration called YourFit. It was formed by the Idaho National Laboratories, local schools, Idaho State University’s College of Technology, Idaho Department of Labor, local governments and economic development agencies to familiarize high school students and their parents with the technical education available and prepare them for careers in high tech, high wage and high demand careers.

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Finding Information on Financial Aid and Scholarships

Applying for scholarships is one of the best ways to ensure you get the education you need for your future career options. First step: Go online to the financial aid information section of Career Information System (CIS).

CIS has details and application information about thousands of financial aid and scholarship programs – all you have to do is sort, review and apply.

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A Student’s Guide to Managing Stress

When finals time approaches, many students are faced with an increasing amount of stress. Understanding how to turn this stress into achievement is important to make the grade, and stay healthy.

Some stress is good; It helps us meet challenges, achieve at our best and draw on reserves we didn’t know we have. Extended periods of pressure, however, can lead to health problems, depression and loss in performance and productivity.

While more students suffer from significant amounts of stress, many schools have taken a proactive approach to helping them manage it. In fact, some schools even offer stress management programs or classes. Do you need help identifying your stress level and coping with its causes?

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Commemorate MLK Human Rights Day through Volunteerism and Celebration

Monday, Jan. 18 is Martin Luther King, Jr. – Idaho Human Rights Day and there are plenty of opportunities to volunteer and celebrate the legacy of King throughout Idaho.

Historically, Martin Luther King Jr. Day marks the recognition of the birth and life of the Baptist minister and noted civil rights leader. National legislation passed in 1994 challenges Americans to transform the holiday into a day of citizen action in honor of King.

Learn more about events planned for around the state:

Southwest Idaho

Boise State University MLK March, Rally and Celebrations. The Boise State University annual “Day of Greatness” march and rally themed “The Fierce Urgency of NOW” is Monday, Jan. 18. The public is invited to join at the Jordan Ballroom in the SUB at 9:30 a.m. to make posters for the march beginning at 10:30 a.m. Guest speakers include ASBSU student body President (Brian Garretson), the MLK Living Legacy Committee Chair (Milaun Danclair) and Staff Advisor (Francisco Salinas).

Following the march, an event at the Capitol Building Rotunda at noon will feature Boise State University Trumpeteers, The Boise Gay Men’s Chorus and the Boise Rock School with Dr. Mamie Oliver as the MC, and Keith Anderson from Boise State University as the keynote speaker.

On Monday, Jan. 25 the MLK Living Legacy Committee will host a discussion panel honoring King with keynote speakers including Idaho State Sen. Cherie Buckner Webb (District 19).

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Eleven Ways to Explore Career Development with Students

Idaho Department of Labor Student photo

Students become career ready with hands-one learning experiences

November may have been “National Career Awareness Month,” but every month is career development month for  Idaho teachers  who integrate  career development daily :

Hosting Virtual Field Trips. Using innovative technologies, Stephani Childress, regional coordinator with Advanced Opportunities in Post Falls engages students in virtual field trips to colleges and universities. Students come to class before school starts, connect online and learn about colleges and post-secondary schools across the country.

Creating a Continuous “Go On” Culture. Cory Fortin and Parma High School are creating a continuous “go on” culture. Morning announcements are leveraged by congratulating students when they are accepted to a college or post-secondary training institution. Teachers dress in college attire, decorate classroom doors based on their alma-mater and students vote for their favorite. Extra credit is earned for dressing in interview clothing on test day. Every class must do a career development activity of their choice. Even the band teacher gets into the act and brings in professional musicians.

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