The citizens of Eastern Idaho have always supported a strong education system, by recognizing the quality of education it provides its young people is key to the health, vitality and prosperity of the region as a whole.
K-12 school districts throughout the region have strived to exceed state standards for accreditation. The results: schools throughout Eastern Idaho, from elementary through high school, repeatedly regularly receive "merit" or "exemplary" status, according to Northwest accreditation standards. School administrators in Eastern Idaho along with other administrators across Idaho are actively working to place an even greater focus on student achievement and continuous school improvement.
In addition, the greater Idaho Falls area has a host of higher education opportunities. Eastern Idaho Technical College (EITC) provides high quality educational programs that focus on the needs of the community for the 21st century. EITC is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. The College is a state supported technical college created in 1969 to serve citizens in its nine county service area by being a minimal cost, open-door institution that champions technical programs, customized industry training, basic skills instruction, workforce and community education, on-line distance education, and student services.
Located at University Place, adjacent to the scenic Snake River Greenbelt and the city's Freeman Park, Idaho State University, Idaho Falls and University of Idaho, Idaho Falls provide opportunities for individuals from all backgrounds, from recent high school graduates and working adults to Idaho National Laboratory employees seeking career advancement. Opportunities include complete associate, bachelor, master and doctoral degrees that can be earned through day and evening classes. More than 3000 Idaho State University and University of Idaho students attend each semester. The first two years of General Education Requirements for any state degree are offered at University Place. In addition to academic programs and classrooms equipped with contemporary technology, students find computer labs, a cafeteria, bookstore, and auditorium for public events, even a comfortable lounge where they can study and relax between classes. Being located near the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) provides unique research and educational opportunities for students. Idaho State University and University of Idaho partner at the center to offer students greater access to courses. The Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES); a premiere research facility opened Fall 2008. CAES integrates resources, capabilities and expertise to create new research capabilities, expand researcher-to-researcher collaborations, and enhance energy-related educational opportunities.
The Education Committee of the Greater Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce was developed to enhance private enterprise by advocating for a strong public school, college, and university system that educates our citizens to their fullest potential. The Education Committee believes that private enterprise and public education working together create new opportunities and improve the quality of life for all who live in our area.