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ISU gains approval to study feasibility of relocating some College of Technology programs to RISE Complex

February 15, 2017

POCATELLO — The Idaho State Board of Education approved a motion by Idaho State University to begin engineering and cost estimating the relocation of some College of Technology programs to the Research and Innovation in Science and Engineering (RISE) Complex. The state board unanimously approved the motion Thursday, and initial engineering work will begin immediately.

The move by the College of Technology will enable the University to meet a growing enrollment in career and technical education, and it will expand existing classroom and laboratory space.

“We will be able to expand enrollment for Idaho students and provide a world-class career and technical education center,” said Scott Rasmussen, dean of the College of Technology.

“We have a tremendous opportunity to reallocate space in the RISE Complex, which will create a number of synergistic opportunities for STEM-related programs at ISU,” he said. “Moving these programs into this space will not only increase enrollment but enable programs to work closely together to provide opportunities for regional industries. These collaborations support opportunities for ISU to do technical research, prototyping and product testing under one roof.”

ISU programs that could be relocated to RISE include diesel, on-site power, computerized machining, welding, drafting and a number of related programs, as well as administrative and support offices. ISU plans to create a state-of-the-art career and technical education center that will provide synergy with workforce and industry partners.

Further state board approval will be required at the completion of the engineering and cost estimation work prior to implementing the move of programs.