The College of Eastern Idaho held a ceremonial ribbon-cutting late September for a new workforce training center in Idaho Falls. The College of Eastern Idaho or CEI converted a Bonneville County technical center to accommodate the rising need for tradesmen in Idaho. 

“This is a building that was given to CEI, but CEI was basically given the motto that this is industry led and community supported. This is for more than just CEI students. CEI students can attend there. We aren’t stopping anyone, but this is more for the overall community,” said Penny Lyon, the director of the Eastern Idaho Workforce Training Center 

Through CEI affiliate programs like Idaho Skill Stack and Idaho Launch, workforce training participants can obtain various certifications and scholarships to propel their education in the trades and develop their employable skills. 

The training center will also be collaborating with local police departments in helping work-release inmates transition back into the workforce after incarceration.  

Director Lyon invites those with an interest in trades to check out the new facility and learn about the affordable class offerings. The center becomes fully operational in February. To learn more, visit the college website.