Summer Time

Now that it is June, school is out for the summer -well at least for some students.

Others they are getting a head start in college.

170 recent high school graduates are spending seven weeks in the classroom at Idaho State as part of the Bengal Bridge program.

Bengal Bridge helps students get ready for college with a major benefit – tuition is only $65 per credit.

Students earn 10 credits over the course of the program including both general education courses and specific classes that count toward their degree.

“This is a perfect transition for students who are coming from high school and don’t know what to expect,” explains Misty Prigent, the Bengal Bridge Coordinator/Instructor. “They don’t know what college is, they don’t know that the studying and rigor is a lot different from high school courses, so this is something we are helping the students understand.”

Bengal Bridge is the only program like this in the state.

In Blackfoot, The ISU Outreach Center has a new home.

The Outreach Center is now located on West Pacific Avenue in a newly renovated office space.

The Free Resource Center gives anyone 16 years or older an opportunity to complete their GED.

Students can also enroll in language, reading, writing and math classes to help strengthen their skills before applying to college or entering the work force.

“I didn’t finish high school so they offered the program to me and it was very helpful,” shares Mayra Flores, a student at the center. “They have helped me a lot with the subjects they offer for the GED. They have been very helpful with that.”

“Our job is to bring them in and get their skills up and get them ready to be prepared for their futures,” says Korey Mereness, the Director of Adult Basic Education.

Idaho State has outreach centers in Pocatello, American Falls, and Soda Springs.

They are also planning on going online starting this fall.

In sports news, next time you step into Holt arena things may look a little different as the dome is going through a renovation project.

85 LED lights are being installed and they are replacing two lighting systems that were installed in 1971 and 1981.

The $536,000 lighting upgrade will require 62% less electricity than the old metal fixtures.

Fans may not notice a major lighting difference in the stands, but players will see a change.

“The way the new lights are constructed is that they won’t be blinding so they won’t really notice but they should see a better coverage on the field when events are going on.”

Crews began installing the lights this week and they expect to be completed by August 21st.

Once installed, ISU is eligible for an estimated $183,000 Idaho Power incentive rebate.

ISU has a new Faculty Athletic Representative and it’s someone very familiar to the community.

Caroline Faure, also known as “Smitty,” was appointed by ISU President Arthur Vailas to be the Faculty Athletic Representative.

Faure is tasked with helping student athletes balance academics and athletics, assisting in NCAA compliance, and insuring the student athlete’s wellbeing.

Faure is a Professor and Graduate Program Coordinator for the Department of Sports Science and Physical Education in the College of Education and is an accomplished researcher on sport related concussion and prevention.