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Idaho Learning Partnership

The Idaho Learning Partnership Program’s mission is to develop a network of library staff into higher education connectors who can expand awareness of educational opportunities for those living in Idaho’s rural communities. Through this network, Idaho’s rural residents will ultimately enhance their career options and economic opportunities.

What is a higher education connector? Higher Education Connectors are forward-thinking individuals who are trained on higher education programs and policies, facilitate basic advising, and function as a local resource for veterans, parents, traditional students, nontraditional students, and underrepresented residents of rural Idaho.  “They act as a tour guide and point community members in their desired direction of educational options.” -Shasta Hochstrasser, Programs and Services Coordinator, Mountain Home Library

“Rural libraries have always been the heart of small-town Idaho.  Libraries are places to read and learn, but equally as important, libraries are places for meetings, to see friends and neighbors and connect to others from across our state and the world. Librarians are explorers and connectors, who are always available to enrich the lives of others.  For Idaho’s veterans and underserved adults, libraries will be the gateway to education and potential jobs and librarians will be their guides.” Byron Yankey, College and Career Program Manager, Idaho State Board of Education

Idaho Learning Partnership was created by Boise State University, the Idaho State Board of Education, Idaho Commission for Libraries, and partnered rural libraries. Special thanks to program partner Mission 43.