"Idaho has a problem. Simply spending money in education, if it works, will not show an economic return for at least 10 years, maybe longer, and we can’t wait that long.

Month after month, over 5,000 high paying Idaho jobs remain unfilled, numerous Idaho companies have suspended growth and major construction projects are literally on hold, all for one reason. They can’t find enough talent.

At the same time, the Wall Street Journal recently declared “Companies Flock to Cities With Top Talent” reminding us other states are ahead and luring the economic growth we envy. Idaho’s problem is the demand for talent is not on the horizon, not 10 years away, but is here right now.

The solution – we need to change our paradigm and focus on building specific talent pipelines. Talent pipelines are education channels, designed to train specific skills to meet a known need in the economy. Accelerating talent pipelines is a deliberate effort to prepare our kids, and adults, faster than traditional education pathways, for high paying jobs we know exist today."

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