Date: 12/4/2017
Information Contact 1: Jill Kleist : (208) 236-6710 ext. 3674 : 
Information Contact 2: Georgia Smith : (208) 332-2570 x 2102 :

Labor Training Grant to Support Practical Nursing in Salmon

The Eastern Idaho Technical College in Idaho Falls will use a $79,516 Workforce Development Training Fund Grant from the Idaho Department of Labor to train 13 practical nurses in Salmon over the next two years.

Eastern Idaho Technical College – soon to be called the College of Eastern Idaho - will deliver a 38-credit intermediate technical certificate of practical nursing through a combination of classroom, laboratory and distance learning in Salmon. The training will also include simulations, clinical experiences and preparation for trainees to take the National Council Licensure Examination.

Just over $46,000 of the grant will fund instructors, coordinators and instruction credit costs. The remaining funds will be used for training facility leases, equipment, travel and administrative costs.

Industry partners providing in-kind match include Lemhi County Economic Development Association and the Lemhi Education Project, Salmon Valley Hospice, Salmon Valley Business and Innovation Center, Discovery Care Center, Steele Memorial Medical Center and the Eastern Idaho Technical College.

The partners will recruit students and cover test prep classes, test proctoring and skilled supervision; facilitate classroom distance education; provide classroom and lab space, equipment and supplies; and provide administrative support.

The anticipated average hourly wage for new hires after the training will be $17.85 and include employer-provided health care coverage. The grant runs from Sept. 1, 2017, to Aug. 31, 2019.

The grant to Eastern Idaho Technical College is considered to be an Industry Sector Grant which is a subset of the Idaho Workforce Development Training Fund. These two-year grants of up to $250,000 each to educational institutions and their business partners are used to train workers in an occupation critical to the industry. Industry Sector Grants are offered on a non-competitive, first-come, first-served basis. The business partners and training provider must provide a match of 25 percent cash, 100 percent in-kind or a proportionate combination of both.


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