We’re all familiar with the alarming statistics about the number of Idaho high school students who go on to college. The data shows that only one out of three will actually pursue a higher education. For one local mom, though, that’s not enough.
In conjunction with National Design Drafting Week, that mom takes us behind her pursuit of an education and the message it is now sending to her daughter.
Daphne Eline, ISU student, “I don’t think anything in industry or construction happens without a plan.”
Planning. For Daphne Eline, that word means a lot more than the designs she creates on her computer at Idaho State University.
A few years ago, during the peak of the financial crisis, Daphne faced a failing business and was left looking for a new plan.
Daphne Eline, ISU student, “I started doing the discovery process to figure out what else I could do.”
The single mother quickly realized that an education was her only way to combat unemployment. Her pursuit eventually took her to the College of Technology and a program that continues to advance with industry.
Alesha Churba, Coordinator, “Everything around you has to be designed and within that design, a drafter makes it happen.”
Daphne enrolled in the computer aided design drafting program and will shortly be graduating with both a degree and renewed hope.
The employment outlook for drafters, Daphne, is also extremely promising.
Alesha Churba, Coordinator, “Anything that needs to be designed, our students are able to go out there and work their way in to a drafting position and up to a design position. This is because they have that knowledge behind them.”
This week, as national recognition and awareness is being raised about the drafting profession; Daphne is also hoping to make a difference a little closer to home with her daughter.
Daphne Eline / ISU student, “I’m hoping that being in school has been an impression on her at her age and it will be positive. She can start sooner and doesn’t need to wait 30 years like i did to go to school.”
National Design Drafting Week runs through Friday. For more information about educational opportunities available at the Idaho State University College of Technology, follow this link