Idaho Needs Connectivity Leading University Distance Education
The INCLUDE Program provides increased opportunities for Idaho high school students in rural communities to participate in select ISU Dual Enrollment classes. By using cutting-edge distance learning technology that duplicates as closely as possible an in-person college classroom experience, students don't have to leave their school buildings regardless of rurality.
The equipment and technology are provided to high schools at no cost to them, thanks to the generous donations from three rural internet providers - Direct Communications, Blackfoot Communications, and ATC Communications - and a grant from the USDA. Eligible high school students may enroll in ISU's INCLUDE Dual Enrollment classes and earn college credits at no cost through the Fast Forward program.
In addition to high school students, community members may also utilize the distance learning equipment to earn their ISU degree, facilitate professional advancement, or pursue subjects of interest. The INCLUDE Program is currently operational in 10 Idaho high schools and further equip high school administrators and teachers across Idaho in their efforts to provide Dual Enrollment classes to their students.
INCLUDE 2 focuses on enhancing resources by implementing Telehealth services and providing comprehensive training to rural students, teachers, administrators, parents, and the community. Through this comprehensive initiative, students will receive crucial clinical mental and physical health care, while faculty, parents, and community members will benefit from education on opioid abuse and general health.
Our goal with implementing Telehealth services and providing educational resources to these rural high schools is to prevent opioid abuse, improve the health of students, and reduce the occurrence of suicides. There has been a pressing issue of inequitable access to medical, mental health, and substance abuse in these areas.
The targeted schools participating in the INCLUDE 2 project represent the ongoing struggles faced by low-income, rural communities, high poverty and unemployment rates, low proficiency scores in key subjects, and low graduation rates. ISU aims to address these persistent issues and improving the well-being of students and the communities.
This phase is currently being implemented.