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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.
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.”
Scholarship Student in the News - Charles Nielson
WRITTEN BY NATE SUNDERLAND OF THE POST REGISTER
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.
Another scholarship student in the news...
Student puts care into career
WRITTEN BY NATE SUNDERLAND OF THE POST REGISTER
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."
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 email@example.com or call Brandy Christensen at 208-680-1350.
Click HERE to register today!
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
REGISTER NOW - CLICK HERE!
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.
Tim Forhan, Santuary Wealth Management, Vice President, Development
Tim brings extrensive financial and corporate experience to the EITC Foundation Board of Directors. Combined with a strong motivation to improve the high-school-to-college process, Tim will be assisting our communication with K-12 institutions.
Tim has a BS in ceramic engineering from Alfred University and an MBA from the University of Buffalo, both in New York State. Tim is married and has four children.
Dan Plaizier, Dan's Collision & Repair | Bybee's Alignment & Brake
Dan Plaizier is a successful, long-time business owner in Idaho Falls. Currently the Owner and Operator of Dan's Collision & Repair and Bybee's Alignment & Brake, Dan is seeking to help the auto professionals who graduate from Eastern Idaho Technical College.
Become a Hero in Your Workplace...or Just Learn Something New!
Become a Hero in Your Workplace...or Just Learn Something New!
EITC Foundation Rallies for Student Battling Chronic Kidney Failure
Eastern Idaho Technical College Foundation (EITCF), Eastern Idaho Technical College (EITC) Collegiate DECA and Bighorn Auction Co., have joined together to help a young EITC student battling chronic kidney failure. Kristin Thomas, a Ucon native, was enrolled in the LPN program at Eastern Idaho Technical College until her illness made it impossible to continue her education. “All of my classes were in the evening and with 10 hours of dialysis each night, I could no longer attend,” explains Thomas. Due to the significant costs of maintaining treatment for her disease, Thomas has had to continue to work full-time to support her medical bills. “I really enjoyed attending EITC and studying to work in the medical industry, but I had to take a medical leave from school due to my illness,” Thomas says.
Although they were enrolled in different programs at EITC, upon hearing about Thomas’ struggle to pay for her basic medical needs, fellow student and 2011-2012 EITC Collegiate DECA President McKenzie Owen was inspired to help Thomas relieve the burden of her growing medical expenses. “She is so courageous. She works a full-time job while battling such a terrible disease and she is my age. I wanted to help in any way that I could,” says Owen. Along with Thomas’ parents, Owen rallied the college and local community businesses to generate over $30,000 to help Thomas pay for bills related to her illness and prepare for the next phase of her journey.
Thomas hopes to undergo a kidney transplant in the late summer of 2012 pending lab results. To date, her medical expenses have totaled over $70,000 including extended hospitals stays, dialysis and monthly medication. For her transplant, she will relocate to Salt Lake City for two months. Expenses during her stay will include doctor appointments, lab work and living expenses for both her and her donor. As fundraiser organizer McKenzie Owen stated, “The community outpour was overwhelming, but the need is still great.”
Kristin looks forward to returning to EITC upon completion of her medical procedures. And when she does, the EITC Foundation will assist in her expenses, as they will scholarship the rest of her time at EITC, so that she can focus on her health and completing her educational goals.
Thomas is very grateful for all those who have contributed to her medical bills and have wished her well. Thomas says, “It takes away so much stress to know that there are so many in the community who care. It makes it so much easier to fight this battle knowing that I am not alone.”
An account has been set up in Kristin’s name at Idaho Central Credit Union. Contributions may also be sent to the Eastern Idaho Technical College Foundation at 1600 S. 2500 E., Idaho Falls, ID, 83404. For more information about how to contribute, please contact Teresa Borrenpohl at the EITC Foundation at (208) 524-3000 ext. 3407.
Contacts: McKenzie Owen – 208-589-5820 Kristin Thomas – 208-569-4819