The Start program and the Albertson Foundation is focused on helping an under-served population in Idaho to successfully enter college and graduate.
Amy Christensen, director of START, says that the Albertson Foundation was impressed with the number of students that the ISU program has been able to help since 2011.
"They were very impressed what we are doing with students and the data that we are collecting shows that we are doing what we say we do, which is helping non-traditional students be successful,” says Amy Christensen, Director of Start.
According to Amy, the START program is safe place for students to get the information they need and also get some very intensive career based counceling to help them get ready to begin paying for their classes.
"We are such a good fit, I mean not just for students that are at risk, but for any student that just isn't quite comfortable on campus or isn't sure what they want to major in. Our focus is to really save students time and money,” added Christensen.
Students in the START Program say not only does it help them financially, but it helps them socially too.
"It's helped me by giving me more confidence. There is a lot of things that before I came into the START program I didn't know about myself. I didn't think about the different intelligences that I had or the strengths or weaknesses,” says Annile Burke, ISU Student.
Students also say that the START program is not like any other program at ISU.
"You have these teams that you work with that don't exist anywhere else. It's student interaction, it's teacher interaction and it's everything that you need for college,” added Burke.
"I would love for more students to take advantage of us. We have been able to keep up with the need that we have seen in the community, but I am hoping that, that grows, especially now that we can accept diploma holders as well as GED holders,” concluded Christensen.
The START program covers everything for the first semester, so it is a competitive program to get into, so they are looking for students that are motivated and ready to go.
If you or someone you know is interested in applying for the START program, you can go to ISU.EDU/START and fill out an online application.