Niki is a senior at Clark Fork High School in rural Idaho, an 80-student high school in a town of 530 people, eight hours away from Boise.
“I want to be my own person, get a job and take care of myself,” says Niki matter-of-factly. “I’m interested in aerospace.”
She has dreams just like the other 5.6 million children who live in rural and small town America–enough young people to fill all the public schools in New York City five times over. But Niki’s aspirations collide with the reality that Idaho trails the nation in college attendance, household income and other measures of what-we’d-hope-for-our-children’s-future. That’s where the Idaho PTECH Network comes in.
“The majority of students I [coach] want to do something with their lives and are a bit scared about how that is going to happen. The desire is there, but not the know-how.”
— Hayley, an InsideTrack Coach