Bonner County Daily Bee
SANDPOINT — The Idaho PTECH Network has announced the expansion of its partnership with InsideTrack, the leading provider of student success coaching, to provide rural high school students statewide with personalized support and valuable professional and technical skills that will lead to employment in the state’s high-growth industries. From their mobile phones or other digital devices, students can message their coach, ask important questions and get immediate responses, and have access to informative videos or resources to explore promising career pathways aligned to their personal interests.
With 61 percent of jobs in Idaho requiring a technical or advanced degree by 2018, but only one-third of the state’s residents qualified to fill those positions, there is a growing disconnect between education and workforce needs. Launched in 2014 as an innovative pilot, the Idaho PTECH initiative aims to bridge this skills gap by providing rural high school students with educational opportunities and executive-style coaching to develop the critical skills that today’s employers seek.
Idaho PTECH leaders designed the program to meet the unique needs of Idaho students, many of whom live in rural areas. To reach those students, PTECH partnered with InsideTrack to provide remote coaching to students with the goal of building a robust talent pipeline to prepare students for entry into the state’s workforce. The new expansion greatly increases the number of students accessing professional coaching through one-to-one meetings, text messages, and email outreach, along with access to self-guided content through InsideTrack’s uCoach® web and mobile apps.