13 SCHOOLS in IDAHO
Traditionally, Idaho has always been known for one thing: potatoes. With its varied climate, from the Rocky Mountains to semi-arid plains to forests, Idaho was built on agriculture (especially potatoes and grain), forestry, and mining, an industry that led to Idaho’s nickname, the Gem State. Manufacturing, particularly processed food, has also been a major contributor to Idaho’s job market and economy, while Idaho’s rugged landscape has made it adventure and outdoors tourism a staple.
That landscape will always be there, but in the 21st century, the economic landscape is changing. Recent years have seen Idaho’s technology sector reach more than a quarter of the state’s revenue, from semiconductor manufacturing to renewable and sustainable energy research and production. And there’s no reason to believe that shift will do anything but continue, and even speed up.
Those changes have made Idaho’s colleges and universities a critical part of the state’s future, and the higher education system has risen to the occasion. Career, technical, and professional education is central to Idaho’s higher learning, from the small colleges to the major research universities. With investment in technology and engineering, Idaho’s schools prepare for the future of work; with enhanced medical, business, and professional programs, they prepare to meet the needs of the people.