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Dream Come True For CSI Nursing Program
Administrators at the College of Southern Idaho are pinching themselves as Governor Risch's latest announcement comes as a dream come true for nursing programs in Idaho.
Governor Risch announced that his proposed state budget next year will include more than 37-million-dollars for construction of two nursing buildings.
Sixteen million allotted, for Lewis Clark State College in Lewiston and 21-million-dollars for CSI.
CSI President Jerry Beck says, “We have a back log of health students wanting into the programs. This will be a tremendous opportunity for the magic valley and a tremendous opportunity for our students within a short period of time to have additional seats for nursing as well as other health fields.”
He adds that at the moment they have over 300 people on their nursing program waiting list and over 100 have completed all their prerequisites and are just waiting for a seat.
Spokesman Doug Maughan also says, “The building we are standing at, the Asper Building, has been enlarged in last 10 years to where it's doubled it's capacity but still we are not putting out enough nurses here, or at other colleges, to meet the needs."
If the budget is approved and all goes as planned construction on the new nursing building could start as early as March and is expected to last 18 to 24 months.
The location is on the north side of North College Toad.
Beck says, “All the Magic Valley can be very proud of this."