A $96,000 Workforce Development Training grant has helped Eastern Idaho Technical College (EITC) restart its Radiation Safety Training program. This grant is not only helping the college to resupply the workforce pipeline with qualified technicians needed to replace the aging workforce as they retire but is also making a difference in the lives of the people enrolled in this program by providing a low-cost training option that translates to high wages.
The program, which consists of two semesters in the classroom and an eight-week summer internship, prepares students to become radiation control technicians. The students perform a critical function at the Idaho National Laboratory and other Department of Energy (DOE) sites by monitoring and controlling radiation levels at the worksite to help ensure the safety of the people who work there. “The only other place to offer any kind of radiation safety training in this area is in Washington and they don’t teach the radiation contact information needed at DOE sites,” said Mahlon Heileson, radiation safety program instructor.
BoiseCodeWorks will use a $25,000 Idaho Department of Labor Micro-Grant to provide intensive, short-term training to meet Idaho’s increasing need for workers with computer programming skills.
Nearly 140 people will be trained, with 85 estimated to enter related employment within 30 days of completion. An anticipated hourly starting wage of $25 will complement a wage gain of $10,000 to $14,000 annually for current workers.
The Micro-Grant program, approved by the Idaho Workforce Development Council and funded through the Idaho Workforce Development Training Fund, provides up to $25,000 per grant to local and rural communities for workforce development projects on a smaller scale than the traditional projects. Approved projects must increase employment and wages of a community’s workforce or assist in stemming the out-migration of youth and young adult workers from Idaho communities.
Applications are reviewed and approved by a panel of representatives from business, education, economic development and the Idaho Department of Labor.
To see how the Idaho Workforce Development Training Fund works, visit https://youtu.be/xT1ETGFuA8A.