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Trashion Fashion Show Contest is Back!

EITC Foundation
Feb 28, 2014 10:41 AM

Trashion Fashion Show: Recycle/Re-use Costume Contest

Get ready to strut your stuff at the annual Earth Day Trashion Fashion Show! The entire community is invited to participate in this contest that awards prizes to the most inventive outfits that are 80% made with recycled materials. 

Last year's winners, Austin Kade Academy (pictured), got creative with juice pouches and soda cans. What will YOU think of?

If you are participating in The Great Race for Education, enter your outfit to receive special advantages on race day. 

Prizes will be given in the following catergories:

Division 1. 18 and Older
Division 2. 17 and Younger
Division 3. Best Disco Costume for the Great Race for Education
Division 4: Best Fashion Accessory


  1. All costumes must be made from 80% Recycle/Reusable materials
  2. Contestants will arrive at Tautphaus Park between 11:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. in order to have their photo taken. Costumes will be on display in the EITC/Cargill booth until the fashion show starts at 2:00 p.m.
  3. Contestants need to return at 2:00 p.m. for the Fashion Show and the announcement of the winners.

Earth Day Celebration attendees may vote at the EITC/Cargill booth throughout the day for their favorite costume using tickets. The winner will be chosen by our celebrity panel of judges in combination with the amount of votes received..

Sponsored by:



For more information, please contact Cindy Jones at 208-604-1077 or Cindy.Jones@Cargill.com or Natalie Hebard at natalie.hebard@my.eitc.edu.  

The Great Race
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Register for the Annual EITC Career Fair

EITC Foundation
Feb 28, 2014 10:38 AM
Are you looking for the best graduates in fields of health care, business, automotive and technology? Look no further than Eastern Idaho Technical College!

Register today for our annual career fair, April 23 from 12-2 p.m. by emailing Jessica at jessica.dixon@my.eitc.edu or by calling 524-3000. 
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Continuous Enrollment Initiative | J.A. & Kathryn Albertson Foundation

EITC Foundation
Jan 27, 2014 10:16 AM
EITC Foundation was proud to be involved with the J.A. & Kathryn Albertson Foundation's Continous Enrollment Initiative for three years. 
Here is a summary video that highlights the program from allover the state, including Eastern Idaho Technical College. 

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Legacy Pathway Begins Construction Spring 2014

EITC Foundation
Jan 20, 2014 07:37 PM

After a year of careful planning, the Eastern Idaho Technical College Foundation is excited to introduce the Legacy Pathway, a stunning engraved brick pathway and outdoor seating area that will be built in the outdoor common area of the Eastern Idaho Technical College campus in Spring 2014.

The project will be managed by EITCF board director Cody Fresh, owner of Platinum Construction. Fresh, and Idaho Falls native and long-time supporter of local education and the college's mission, will also be the lead sponsor of the project. An artistic rendering of the area, which features not only hundreds of beautiful pavers but also landscape and seating, will be released in early Spring when the foundation will begin accepting sponsorships for the bricks.

The pathway of decorative engraved bricks may be sponsored by community members, businesses, students, alumni, staff, faculty and anyone who is willing to support Eastern Idaho Technical College. The cost of a 4" x 8" brick is just $50 and includes two lines of engraved characters. An 8" x 8" brick is only $100 and includes 5 lines of engraving. Pre-order your brick(s) today by clicking on the PLEDGE NOW button below, downloading your form and returing it to the EITC Foundation. Questions? Call Natalie at 208-524-3000 ext. 3398.

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New Scholarship Grant Connect-for-Success Kicks Off Jan. 2013

EITC Foundation
Dec 2, 2013 10:19 AM

Program Made Possible by Grant from J.A. & Kathryn Albertson Foundation 

A new three-year grant will soon be implemented on the Eastern Idaho Technical College campus. Thanks to the hard work of the Connect-for-Success (CFS) team, this grant was secured by the generosity of the J.A. & Kathryn Albertson Foundation and will impact fifty (50) students over the next three years. 

Connect-for-Success is a continuous enrollment initiative built upon several proven successful retention techniques including a highly defined selection process, proactive advising, reactive tutoring and cohort bonding, to help ensure the completion of a certificate or degree-seeking program. In addition to receiving a personalized academic plan, each student will receive a $750 scholarship. 

Applications have been pouring into the Foundation office over the last few weeks as we begin the interview process for the first cohort of students who will enter the program in January 2013. We look forward to working together with the students who are selected to participate in this scholarship program to help them connect for success! 

To apply for the program in the Fall 2014 semester or future semesters, please click here to download the application. 

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EITC Foundation Appoints New Executive Director

EITC Foundation
Nov 7, 2013 01:53 PM

Eastern Idaho Technical College Foundation (EITCF) is excited to announce Natalie Hebard as the new Executive Director. Hebard is currently a Labor Relations Administrator for the Idaho National Laboratory. 

With a passion for community service, Natalie is active within several non-profit organizations including the Good Samaritan Society, Young Professionals Network of the Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce and the Idaho Falls Civitan Club. 

“Natalie’s enthusiasm for higher education and helping others in the community is contagious,” says EITCF Chairperson Bobbe Crapo. “We are excited to see her utilize her relationship-building skills for the good of our organization.” 

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Scholarship Student in the News - Charles Nielson

EITC Foundation
Aug 13, 2013 02:37 PM

Scholarship Student in the News - Charles Nielson



As a young adult, Charles Nielson had completed some college at Idaho State University and was beginning a career in retail management.

He had big plans for the future, but things didn't work out.

At 25, Nielson said he started experiencing debilitating seizures, sometimes as many as 20 a day.

"I got really, really sick," he said "I was in the hospital and intensive care unit for 32 days - I was hooked up to feeding tubes and ventilators - and I almost died."

Eventually, the now-36-year-old was diagnosed with late-onset epilepsy. The disease is a chronic neurological disorder that causes recurrent and often unprovoked seizures.

The experience was traumatic, Nielson said, but there was a silver lining - the condition steered him toward nursing as a career.

"When I started becoming coherent there was a male nurse who helped me with my recovery," Nielson said. "He was such a good caretaker - I literally owe my life to him. That was when I decided what I really needed to do with my life."

In 2011, Nielson enrolled in Eastern Idaho Technical College's licensed practical nursing program. He earned a professional certificate that allowed him to begin working in the medical field.

This summer he is working as a medical aesthetic injector at a medical spa in Boise. He is licensed to perform cosmetic medical injections, laser treatments and skin treatments.

After receiving his certificate, the 1994 Idaho Falls High School graduate decided to again enroll at EITC to become a registered nurse. He plans to graduate in December.

The Idaho Falls native is among the top students in the technical program, maintaining a grade point average of 3.987 and earning a spot on last semester's president's list.

"Education opens up doors in the world - and gives the best training," Nielson said. "I want to make sure when I am trying to save someone's life I have the educational background to do the best I can as a care provider."

Longtime friend and fellow nursing student Tyrie McWilliams said Nielson is a great example of a good nurse.

"He is so smart - and just has such a big heart," McWilliams said. "That is what is really cool, he went into nursing for the right reason - to take care of people rather than to make money."

Nielson said he wants to stay in nursing rather than become a doctor.

"I've always wanted to be on the compassionate side of medicine," he said. "Doctors and surgeons are great - but somehow they lose that compassion and the emotional side of medicine - I think (those things) are as much a part of healing as pathology and (medical) science."

Nielson's ultimate goal is to earn a doctorate in nursing and become a nurse practitioner. After graduating from EITC, he plans to complete bachelor's degrees in nursing and psychology at Boise State University followed by graduate degrees.

He believes becoming a nurse practitioner will best position him to best help those in need.

"I want to be able to work with refugees and those with serious infectious diseases and I want to provide a more cost effective health for the underprivileged," Nielson said.

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EITC Scholarship Student in the News - Joni Jackson

EITC Foundation
Aug 13, 2013 02:34 PM

Another scholarship student in the news...


Student puts care into career


Joni Jackson believes compassion and kindness are essential to success in the medical field.

The 44-year-old nursing student at Eastern Idaho Technical College experienced those traits firsthand during a hospital stay. But she gained a greater appreciation of the professional values while completing clinical work with the disabled and the elderly.

"I discovered that I had found my calling working with (the disabled and elderly). It was absolutely what I was meant to be doing," Jackson said. "I don't just want to be a clinical nurse ... I want to be able to provide kindness, compassion and tenderness to the patients I care for ... to treat them as a person."

To that end, Jackson enrolled in the EITC Certified Nursing Assistant program last year. She quickly completed that professional license and began working on her Licensed Practical Nursing certification this year.

Jackson has excelled in the nursing programs, maintaining a 3.96 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.

Friend and fellow student Ashley Maloney called Jackson an inspiring student.

"I've managed to beat her on a test once -- by one point -- but mostly she's kicking my butt," Maloney said. "Joni is passionate about her education. She is fascinated by how things work and how nursing helps people, and she's doing this because she wants to do it, not for anyone else."

Jackson attributed her academic success to her "Type A" personality.

"I'm a consummate overachiever; I don't know how to do anything halfway when I make a commitment to do something," she said.

The mother of six also strives to set an example for her young-adult and teenage children.

"I want to model good study skills for them," Jackson said. "My kids will tell you I constantly have a book in front of me or I'm studying flash cards with them. ... It's important to show them good grades and study habits are important."

The Roberts native doesn't plan to stop with her LPN certification. She wants to become a registered nurse with a bachelor's degree and, one day, earn a master's degree in nursing.

Eventually, she hopes to teach nursing at a collegiate level.

"I want to be able to create the type of nurses I feel they need to be," Jackson said. "I want to give them the skills, but also the ability to be compassionate and caring for their patients ... I want to make sure my nurses are thinking of their patients as a person."

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3rd Annual Michelle & Malinda Kern Memorial Twilight 5k

EITC Foundation
Aug 6, 2013 09:35 AM

Eastern Idaho Technical College Foundation is pleased to announce the third annual Michelle & Malinda Kern Memorial Twilight 5K will take place on October 11, 2013 beginning and ending on the Eastern Idaho Technical College campus, Michelle Kern’s alma mater.  

Participants are welcome to walk or run the 5K route. Registration is $15 for any student, $20 before October 1 and $35 after October 1. Family and company discounts are also available. All ages are encouraged to join in this event for a powerful cause.

Michelle Kern was a 2011 graduate from EITC’s Business Technologies Marketing & Management Associate of Applied Science degree program and an officer in Collegiate DECA. Three days after graduating, Michelle, her sister Malinda (who was enrolled at Eastern Idaho Technical College), and Michelle’s two young sons, Jack and Gage were murdered in Michelle’s parents’ home. This tragedy was a great loss to family and friends, Eastern Idaho Technical College, and the entire Idaho Falls community.

Proceeds from the Twilight 5K will be used to support the Michelle & Malinda Kern Memorial Scholarship for an Eastern Idaho Technical College student. 

Please join us in making sure that their memories will live on through the gift of scholarship. All support is greatly appreciated. Food and vendor booth space is available at this event.

For more information, please call Michelle Ziel-Dingman at 208-524-0464 or email michelle.ziel@my.eitc.edu or call Brandy Christensen at 208-680-1350.

Click HERE to register today!

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Give a Nurse a Hand Color Walk / Run

EITC Foundation
Apr 12, 2013 03:51 PM


Give a Nurse a Hand - 1K, 5K and 10K Color Run/Walk

June 1, 2013 at Eastern Idaho Technical College


$20 – Any EITC Student Registered before May 1

$25 – Any Walker or Runner Registered before May 1

$75 – Family Pass (three or more family members) Registered before May 1

$20 – Each Registration of 3+ Walkers or Runners Representing a Company

$30 – Any Walker or Runner Registered after May 1

Check in 7 a.m. – 7:45 a.m.

Race begins at 8 a.m.

Great prizes | Great colors | Great cause


Don't want to run, but want to donate to the cause? Click HERE and in the memo write "Nurse 5k Donation"


Darren Smith was diagnosed with Melanoma Stage IV in August 2012. A graduate of the Practical Nursing Program at Eastern Idaho Technical College, the students, staff and faculty of the college have joined together to raise funds for his family during this challenging financial time, as Darren is now unable to work. Darren and his wife Jana have four beautiful children.



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