Idaho Falls Chamber CEO to take position at EITC

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Michelle Holt at the Greater Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce’s 2016 CEO Speaker Series. | EastIdahoNews.com file photo

The following is a news release from Eastern Idaho Technical College and the Greater Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce.

IDAHO FALLS — Eastern Idaho Technical College announces the appointment of Michelle Holt as the new Workforce Development & Community Education Manager at the College. She will replace Ken Erickson who is retiring after 39 plus years of service at EITC. She will officially start her new position on February 7, 2017.

Michelle has been the CEO for the Greater Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce and the Idaho Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau since July 2013. She served as executive director for Lost Rivers Economic Development representing Butte and South Custer counties before her Chamber role.

“One common thread throughout much of my career has been workforce development,” said Michelle. “The opportunity to apply my experience and network in a new way that continues to support the needs of our local and regional business community is very exciting. Talent pipeline and the need for skilled workforce is an issue that impacts all of our Chamber member businesses, as well as the entire business community. Cooperative partnerships like those between the Chamber and EITC are key to ensuring the economic future of our community.”

EITC President Rick Aman welcomed Holt in her new role at the college.

“EITC is excited to welcome Michelle Holt as Manager of Workforce Development,” Aman said. “Ken Erickson will be missed as he transitions into retirement. Michelle has the experience and professional network to continue the College’s role in support of a trained workforce for eastern Idaho. The prospect of a transition of EITC from a technical college into a comprehensive community college provides a unique opportunity in partnership with regional employers. Ms. Holt brings a wealth of experience and service to our business community. The College will continue its strong relationship with the Chamber. We look forward to Michelle’s enthusiasm and extensive experience as we support the goal of a skilled workforce.”

Eric Hess, the Chamber’s chairman of the board, stated, “Michelle has done a tremendous job as CEO for the Chamber. The ongoing partnership between the Chamber and EITC is very important to both of our organizations. While we are sad to be losing Michelle, we are happy that she will continue to be involved as a partner as she takes on her new role at EITC. Her leadership has brought positive changes to our organization and to the community at large. We will miss her greatly and wish her the best of luck as she begins the next chapter in her career.”

Erickson commented on his retirement and replacement:

“I’m excited to know that Michelle Holt will be filling my position. She will take the College’s Workforce Training division to a new level. We are fortunate that the Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce and EITC will be working together to make this community even better. I’ve been honored to witness so many extraordinary changes at our College.”

The Chamber CEO position is now open for applications through Jan. 16. The full job description will be posted to the Chamber website, under Job Postings at the bottom of the homepage. Resumes with cover letter can be emailed to christie@aeshr.net.

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