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Continuing Our Support For The Skilled Trades

At Idaho Steel, we take pride in supporting local education and workforce development initiatives. As an international food processing equipment manufacturer, we understand the importance of investing in the future of our industry and the skilled trades that power it. That's why we're excited to partner with the College of Eastern Idaho to showcase the opportunities available in the trades and recruit the next generation of talented professionals.

The food processing industry is constantly evolving, and it requires skilled workers with diverse backgrounds to meet the demands of the market. From engineering and design to fabrication and installation, there are many exciting and rewarding career paths in this field. However, there is a growing shortage of workers with the necessary skills and experience to fill these roles. That's where the College of Eastern Idaho comes in.

By partnering with the College of Eastern Idaho, we're able to connect with students and showcase the opportunities available in our industry. Through events, internships, and other educational opportunities, we're able to introduce students to the skills and experiences necessary to succeed in the trades. The Construction Combine is one of these events.

The Construction Combine is a mix of classroom instruction and hands-on experience. The first day will be dedicated to learning and instruction in a classroom setting. On the second day, students practice what they’ve learned by building sheds alongside professional contractors. The sheds are then donated to veterans in need.

Jay Bowman and Jared Bleak are two of Idaho Steel's welding experts and are leading students in hands-on training. Both Bowman and Bleak are passionate about teaching would-be welders. They are patient, engaging, and dedicated to helping students succeed. Their hope is to inspire students to develop their skills and knowledge so they may succeed in their careers.

At Idaho Steel, we not only talk about education and workforce development, but we invest. Heidi Oyola, our Human Resource Director, is a shining example of this commitment. She has been serving as an advisor for the Workforce Training division of the College of Eastern Idaho, and her dedication and first-hand knowledge of the industry are unmatched.

With her expertise, and alongside other industry leaders like her, the College will be able to offer courses that not only teach the necessary skills for the job but also provide real-world experience and insights that can only come from someone who has worked in the industry.

Her involvement with the college has also allowed her to stay up to date with the latest developments in the field, and she's been able to share this knowledge with our team at Idaho Steel. This has helped us to stay ahead of the curve and ensure that we're providing the best possible service to our customers.

We're proud to have Heidi on our team, and we're grateful for the time and energy she devotes to serving as an advisor for the College of Eastern Idaho. Her dedication to education and workforce development is truly inspiring, and we're excited to see what the future holds as we continue to work together to build a skilled and vibrant workforce for our industry.

At Idaho Steel, we believe that investing in education and workforce development is not only good for our business, but it's also good for our community. We look forward to continuing our partnership with the College of Eastern Idaho and helping to build a strong and vibrant workforce for years to come.

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