Idaho has received a new grant to expand apprenticeships in Idaho

The Idaho State Board of Education’s Division of Career Technical Education will receive nearly $2 million in grant funds from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to increase apprenticeships in Idaho.

The Idaho grant is one of 28 public-private apprenticeship partnership grants totaling nearly $100 million awarded through the DOL’s Apprenticeship: Closing the Skills Gap grant program. Nationwide, the grant will support training of more than 92,000 people in expanded or new apprenticeship programs including an estimated 1,600 here in Idaho over four years.

Five of Idaho’s higher education institutions will use the grant funds to partner with private sector employers to expand apprenticeships in health care, cyber security and advanced manufacturing throughout the state. The goal is to help Idahoans, particularly veterans and underrepresented groups, gain specialized skills for jobs that are often hard to fill.

The institutions participating in the grant are:

About 400 apprenticeships will be established annually over four years. Participating private sector employers must contribute a 45 percent match of the federal funds awarded. The grant, which totals $1.98 million must still undergo a final review by the DOL before the funds are released.*


Good news for job seekers! The demand for manufacturing jobs in Idaho has grown by nearly 50 percent in the past decade.

Idaho’s colleges and universities offer accredited training needed to qualify for high-demand roles in welding, fabricating metal products, machining, and other manufacturing jobs.

Contact them to find out more:

North Idaho College

College of Western Idaho

College of Eastern Idaho

College of Southern Idaho

Lewis-Clark State College

Idaho State University

University of Idaho

Boise State University


TRIO: A Student Services Program Assisting Students on Their Pathway to a Higher Education

TRIO is a middle school to college program funded by the U.S. Department of Education that provides assistance to underprivileged students.

Zachary Ford, a student in the program at the College of Southern Idaho Mini-Cassia Center, says the program “seems chaotic and hard” at first, but “the challenge is thrilling.”

Rosa Isasmendi, a student in the program at College of Southern Idaho, says that the hardest part for her is managing her time. Isasamendi, who is pursuing a nursing career, says it’s challenging to be a full-time student and a full-time mom.

Isasmendi says the TRIO program has helped her find scholarships for childcare and other support. Students can get one-on-one assistance in filling out applications. If students need food, a program advisor will send them to the Community Council for a food box; if they need work, an advisor will call the Idaho Department of Labor. If a student is struggling in class, an advisor makes sure the student has reached out to their teachers and the free tutoring center.

Learn more at the Idaho TRIO Educational Opportunity Center on Facebook.

More links:

North Idaho College TRIO program

Lewis Clark State College TRIO program

Boise State University TRIO program

University of Idaho TRIO program

Idaho State University TRIO program

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West Ada Career and Technical Education

Cristina Barroso has explored a variety of technical skills and discovered a love for welding that’s shaping her future. As a student who learns more quickly with hands-on learning than classroom learning, Cristina has excelled in the West Ada Career and Technical Education (CTE) welding program.

Students in the West Ada CTE program receive a baseline knowledge and can go to a shop and get a job after high school, or go on to higher level classes at a local college or out of state for an automotive program.

Cristina says she likes working in teams during class because she gets to hear different ideas and problem solving from her fellow students. While auto and collision will probably be a hobby for Cristina, she plans to make welding into a career.  #AmGrad

Meriwether Cider: Putting The VA Apprenticeship Program To Work

Apprenticeships in Idaho

See how a small cider company met their workforce needs through the use of the GI Bill and the VA Apprenticeship Program.

Meriwether Cider is a family owned and operated hard cider company in Boise, Idaho. They have a taproom in Garden City and a cider house with 20 taps of cider including Meriwether Cider and other ciders from around the country and the world.

Their ciders are made from fresh-pressed Northwest apples as well as innovative flavors such as blackberry, ginger, hopped, and more! Meriwether collaborates with local farms and gardens as much as possible to source their ingredients.

We meet veteran Karlie Russ, apprentice cider-maker at Meriwether Cider. Because the apprenticeship program was an accredited educational program, the GI Bill provided funds to offset her wages. As a result the Leadbetters didn’t have to spend as much on wages as they would for a regular employee.

Karlie grew up on a dairy farm so she was experienced in sanitation. Although she has taken chemistry and microbiology courses, she says the main reason she got the job was because “she’s a farm kid who can wash buckets.”

Karlie appreciated the apprenticeship because she was able to see what she was actually getting into. Although brewing, cider and wine making are amazing, she says a lot of it is sanitation, which she discovered she was okay with.

Find out more about apprenticeships in Idaho.

Explore your career path in manufacturing!

Rekluse Performance Clutches, founded in 2002 by Al Youngwerth, is the industry leader in innovative motorcycle clutch technology.

Based in Boise, Idaho, the company works with motorcycle race teams to make what the teams want and to improve their products. With an inner passion for making things better, Youngwerth says one of the key values of the company is “Good is not good enough. We can always make something better.”

Created by riders for riders, today Rekluse is the leader in automatic clutches, and Youngwerth’s innovation is trusted by top level off-road racers and enjoyed by everyday enthusiasts.

Watch the manufacturing process, from design to completion, of a machined component of the high performance clutch.

To explore a career path in manufacturing, talk to your college or career counselor today. And check out our American Graduate website for more information.

Over the next 20 years 800,000 new pilots will be needed worldwide

According to Boeing, 800,000 new pilots will be needed worldwide over the next 20 years. In Bend, Oregon, a community college is preparing students to resolve this critical need — and cultivate their own career success.

Meet student-pilot Beverly Taylor who wanted to get her new career started as quickly as possible. To do so she chose to use her GI bill for pilot training rather than applying to one of the four-year aviation programs around the country.

After nearly 70 hours Beverly got her private pilot’s license, the first step of the long and often expensive path to become a commercial airline pilot. She is currently six months into the two-year pilot training program at Central Oregon Community College in Bend.