Leading Idaho Grant provides learning devices to ISU students

POCATELLO, Idaho (KIFI) – Idaho State University students will continue to train with state-of-the-art equipment thanks to a $1.6 million grant awarded to the Idaho State University College of Technology.

The Leading Idaho Grant is part of Governor Brad Little’s plan to expand and modernize technical vocational education (CTE) in Idaho.

“At Idaho State University, we are focused both on preparing students to succeed in their chosen fields and on providing a highly skilled workforce for Idaho’s economy and industry,” said Idaho State University President Kevin Satterlee. “This scholarship expands our educational offering and ensures our graduates are equipped for their future.”

Funds from the Leading Idaho Grant will be used immediately to benefit current and prospective students. Twelve ISU College of Technology programs will directly benefit from this award – including practical nursing, nuclear operations, aircraft maintenance, industrial cybersecurity and more. The following are just a few of the acquisitions that will help ensure the next generation of workers are ready to fill today’s workforce needs:

  • Electric Vehicle Switch Lab, which enables automotive engineering students to build, test and drive an all-electric vehicle.
  • A virtual reality painting simulator to reduce costs while students learn painting techniques in the Automotive Collision Repair and Rework program.
  • CPR manikins for training healthcare students in comprehensive emergency and critical care simulations.
  • Multimedia equipment for converting the video laboratory in the Robotics and Communications Systems Engineering Technology course to a fiber optic format with 4K resolution.
  • A personnel contamination monitor training system for the Nuclear Operations program.

Additionally, a generous donation from longtime ISU benefactor Bill Eames complemented Leading Idaho Grant funding to purchase a Tier 4 diesel emissions trainer that will give students an experience of the latest sustainability technology that will reduce emissions by 90 percent can.

“Our goal is to provide students with the skills and knowledge to thrive in tomorrow’s industries,” said Debbie Ronneburg, interim dean of ISU College of Technology. “The Leading Idaho Scholarship will have a significant impact on student learning and introduce students to new technologies. Students gain self-confidence when they know that they are well prepared when entering the job market.”

This is the second consecutive year that ISU has received this grant. Last year, the College of Technology was awarded $1 million to purchase a five-axis computer-controlled milling machine, a small NuScale modular reactor simulator, two Anatomage virtual anatomical tables, and a K-TIG orbital welder for manufacturing and unique applications for nuclear-grade manufacturing.


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