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Bonneville Co. Republican Women vote in favor of community college

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The following is a news release from Bonneville County Republican Women.

IDAHO FALLS — Today in their April meeting Bonneville County Republican Women voted unanimously in support of the creation of a Community College District in Bonneville County.

Members of the local women’s political organization discussed the benefits of the proposal to be brought before Bonneville County voters May 16th, including opportunities for dual-credit classes for high school students, affordable degrees and professional certificates, and programs to specifically train employees of local businesses and industries.

Regarding the unanimous vote, BCRW President, Stephanie Mickelsen said, “Bonneville County Republican Women recognize the need for a Community College in Eastern Idaho. The other institutions of higher learning in the area do not fill the niche that a community college can. The ‘go on’ rate for high school graduates in our area is 38 percent, and that’s dismal. With the infrastructure already in place at EITC, along with current state funding, our community can have the benefits of a community college with a very minimal investment. Our founding fathers emphasized the importance of an educated citizenry as vital to the success of a democratic republic. What better way to provide that education than through a grass roots, community effort like this?”

The Bonneville County Republican Women will partner with the Greater Idaho Falls Chamber to provide a public forum to discuss the Community College District on May 11th at noon at Catered Your Way.