On June 24th, Governor Butch Otter and Idaho Department of Labor (IDOL) Director Ken Edmunds recognized Boise State University for receiving an IDOL Industry Sector Grant, funded by the IDOL Workforce Development Training Fund. The grant, awarded in November of 2014, officially begins July 1, 2014 and provides much needed support to elevate the Department of Computer Science.
Idaho Department of Commerce Director Jeff Sayer suggested that, “these grants are a major step forward in connecting our education teams directly with industry [which will] accelerate the talent pipelines [the Idaho] economy needs to achieve higher wage jobs and stronger economic growth.”
Mark Rudin, VP of Research at Boise State University, was given time to introduce the program and share some of the preliminary results which include the early hiring of new lecturers to accommodate 42% student enrollment increases as well as other hires and scholarship awards being made. Due to these steps, Boise State CS is on course and poised to double graduates and handle the surge in enrollments.
Others in attendance at this celebratory press conference included the Department of Computer Science Chair Tim Andersen, MetaGeek Chief Geek Ryan Woodings, Clearwater Analytics CEO and Founder Dave Boren, Clearwater Analytics Software Developer Lead Jerek Anderson, Idaho Tech Council President Jay Larsen and Boise State Director of Economic Development Mary Andrews and Director of Government Relations Bruce Newcomb (all pictured below).