POCATELLO — Bayer, the parent company of Monsanto, donated $10,000 to the Bannock Development Corporation for Idaho State University College of Technology’s Your Future in Technology, or YourFIT, scholarships on July 22.
The College of Technology will use the donation to provide scholarships for students who have attended YourFIT events and subsequently enroll in the college.
“We greatly appreciate Bayer’s support of our YourFIT program that is designed to help Southeast Idaho residents get the training they need for high-skill, high-paying, regional jobs,” said Scott Rasmussen, dean of the College of Technology. “The support of businesses like Bayer and Monsanto are crucial to our mission.”
The YourFIT program is a concept that was conceived by Idaho National Laboratory, the ISU College of Technology, the Bannock Development Corporation, Simplot, secondary educators and other members of the community to educate residents about the high-tech, high-wage and high-demand careers in technical fields that are available locally, said Steve Keller, spokesperson for the college.
The YourFIT program has created a series of career fairs and technology expos throughout southeastern Idaho for high school students and local communities. Participants learn during these events from industry leaders about the need for a highly-skilled workforce and from ISU’s College of Technology about the programs designed to get them the skills for those positions.
Bayer presented the check at a ceremony held at the William M. and Karin A. Eames Advanced Technical Education and Innovation Complex.