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Exemplary Award Recipients

Caldwell High School
Welding Program

Instructor: Ivak Cooper

In 2008, the program’s advisory members came together and built a new shop. Industry donated the materials, labor, and equipment to extend the lab environment, which not only helped ensure the safety of students, but allowed for program growth while meeting industry standards. As this program continues to flourish, industry has elected again this year to construct another addition. Industry’s commitment to the program speaks volumes about the caliber of its students and its instructor, Ivak Cooper.  Ivak works with his students to ensure they have a high level of work ethic, pride, and dedication to the welding trade.


Post Secondary:
College of Southern Idaho
Surgical Services Programs:

Central Sterile Processing
Surgical Technology
Surgical First

Instructors: Janet Milligan and Carrie Nutsch

The program is unique in its approach to laddering credentials in a way that that allowed the program to combine similar content and eliminate instructional duplication. Students not only have access to a career ladder for professional development, but can often find relevant employment after their first semester. 

The program is closely linked with industry, contracting with local hospitals, surgery centers, and doctor’s offices to provide students with authentic learning experiences in real life settings. The program is one of just two in the US to offer an Associate’s Degree in surgical first assisting and boasts a 100% certification pass rate and 100% placement rate in surgical first assisting; it exemplifies the PTE ladder education/training career pathway, allowing students to earn beginning required skills for entry level employment and the opportunity to continue on to more advanced career opportunities in the operation room environment.  Instructors of the program, Janet Milligan and Carrie Nutsch, are invested in their students, their program, and CSI. They serve as role models through their own professional growth and development, demonstrating the importance of lifelong learning.