Chamber Supported Idaho LAUNCH Program Goes Live Today! Eligible Students Will Be Awarded Up To $8K!
Did you know the Boise Metro Chamber was the first Chamber to support the Idaho LAUNCH Grant Program?!
This spring our Policy Committee was hard at work to ensure the advancement of business and community. They were excited about House Bill 24, expanding the Idaho Launch Grant Program, after learning that the legislation would allocate approximately $8,000 to public school graduates to attend schooling for in-demand careers. Today that program went live and could offer between 9,000-10,000 awards per year through the available 75 million dollars. Since there is only enough funding for about half of Idaho's graduating high school seniors, students and their parents are urged to sign up quickly.
This grant opportunity helps to ensure our workforce stays strong, our families stay united, and the next generation feels empowered and supported to stay in our great state.
We are grateful to the Governor, all the lawmakers, and our Chamber's Policy Committee for making this happen!
The following opinion press release came from Governor Brad Little's office today, Oct 3, 2023.
LAUNCH is live!
Grants to support education and training after high school now open for applications
High school seniors looking ahead to life after graduation are thinking, “What’s next?” So are their parents!
We know they want fulfilling careers and higher incomes.
We know their loving parents want the same for them, too.
And we know the strength of our state and our nation depends on these kids. Our national security and sovereignty require a skilled workforce so we can compete with China and other aggressors who want to do America harm. We cannot stay a global leader in the economy if we fall behind in educating and training the next generation to meet the demands of an ever-evolving, dynamic economy.
Our young Idahoans hold so much promise and potential, and we want to do all we can to get them to stay in Idaho and thrive in Idaho.
Yet, the jobs of today demand specialized skill sets that require education and training after high school.
Simply put, for the vast majority of Idahoans, high school isn’t enough.
But the cost and accessibility of those programs after high school stand in the way for too many young Idahoans.
LAUNCH will help.
Our new LAUNCH grants will cover 80 percent of the cost of an in-state program that leads to an in-demand career, up to $8,000.
There are hundreds of career paths and programs to choose from, and if they are still weighing their options, they can update their choices later.
LAUNCH is live and open for applications now at https://nextsteps.idaho.gov/launch.
If you’re a high school senior or the parent of a high school senior, do not delay in applying for a LAUNCH grant. There is only enough money to offer grants to half of Idaho’s high school seniors, and some of the most popular programs will fill up quickly.
Idaho has always supported scholarships for high school graduates to pursue traditional four-year university programs, even those out of state.
That’s important, but we recognized the need to support all paths – from nursing to welding to computer science to plumbing to teaching to animal science to trucking and everything in between. LAUNCH can be used for apprenticeships, job training, and community college as well as university programs.
The hundreds of LAUNCH career paths available are market-driven – these are “real world” jobs our employers desperately need to fill.
So, what is the answer to high school seniors and their parents asking the question, “What’s next?”
OPINION BY GOVERNOR BRAD LITTLE