Twelve students listen attentively to their instructor, sometimes breaking into laughter, always fiercely determined to achieve a shared goal: becoming the first to graduate from the inaugural Environmental Services Pre-Apprenticeship program. This fresh, collaborative project consists of job-specific skills taught at Saint Alphonsus Medical Center by a Regional Trainer, alongside vocational English instruction led by an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher from the College of Western Idaho.
Both pieces are brought together by the IRC in Boise's Career Programs initiative to prepare these twelve students in applying, interviewing, and beginining positions with Saint Alphonsus as Environmental Service Technicians. Career Programs also works between these students and the hospital to illustrate how beginning jobs as Environmental Services Technicians can lead to future career laddering opportunities within the medical field.
More broadly, Career Programs, part of the IRC in Boise's Employment and Economic Wellbeing Department, supports new members of the Boise community in career advancement through a combination of contextual English and job-specific vocational training. They partner with the College of Western Idaho, the Idaho Department of Labor, and Treasure Valley employers to create training opportunities for English language learners driven by industry needs to develop pipelines of skilled employees.
To learn more, or to become a partner with Career Programs, email Molly.Valceschini [at] rescue.org or at (208) 918-1521.