ISBOE: 42 percent of Idahoans have secondary education, board seeks 60 percent

Published: Oct. 23, 2018 at 7:22 PM MDT
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Idaho State Board of Education wants more students in college. According to the institution, 42 percent of Idahoans have gone through secondary education, which includes college degrees and certifications.

Their goal is to hit 60 percent.

For the past five years, Idaho schools have participated in College Application Week. What started with 21 schools participating has jumped up to 88 schools this year.

Magic Valley High School hosted "A World of Possibilities" on Tuesday to engage high school seniors in higher education.

"The World of Possibilities is an event for college application week, to show what opportunities they have after they graduate high school," said career and college advisor Annie Peterson.

Local businesses including the College of Southern Idaho, Boise State University and University of Idaho visited the students.

"I'm going to CSI, I know that for the first few years of college," said Magic Valley High School senior Megan Brown. "I want to be a surgeon, so I'm going to go and get my CNA and then apply for the surgical service program and I hope to go to ISU."

ISBOE reports as for Fall of 2017 there were more than 18,000 high school graduates and 45 percent were enrolled in some sort of secondary education.

"I'm like stuck in between two or three of them, which is like CSI, of course, Boise State and the University of Idaho," said Magic Valley High senior Hailey Wentworth.

ISBOE will collect data of the number of seniors participating and college applications submitted.

In 2016, more than 8,000 Idaho students applied for college and in 2017 the number increased to more than 10,000.

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