InspireID started in late 2017 as part of a years-long discussion between Innovation Collective and the University of Idaho at Coeur d’Alene on how to reform higher education in Idaho. Our shared goal was to get the Gem State ready for the future of work, reducing barriers to education and realigning knowledge programs to match the needs of the tech economy. We also wanted to leverage the University’s 42 extension offices, viewing them as platforms to quickly educate any Idahoan interested in learning an in-demand skill.
During those early conversations, we learned about the knowledge gaps facing many workers across the state – and the country. We also discovered the diverse training modules that could be immediately deployed to fill those gaps.
How InspireID Works
After much hard work, we’re now ready to launch! The InspireID team is proud to announce its first of many free training programs, with 2018’s classes focused on app development. We’re excited to feature Apple Inc’s Everyone Can Code curriculum as the basis for our coursework.
Starting this spring, trained experts from around the country will provide guidance and support to citizens residing near targeted extension offices for the duration of a nine-month program. Any Idahoan can apply, and at no cost. We can even help with a laptop if that’s an obstacle.
After successfully completing Apple’s curriculum, students can take their newfound knowledge back to their workplace or even start their own app companies. We anticipate citizens will be eager to find ways to access the trillion-dollar application economy!