Ribbon Cutting for New Idaho Falls Manufacturing and Robotics Teaching Lab

Friday, March 28 2014

MOSCOW, Idaho – March 28, 2014 – The University of Idaho, Idaho Falls and Eastern Idaho Technical College (EITC) are hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony at the new Manufacturing and Robotics Teaching Laboratory (MRTL), in the Robertson Building #2 at EITC on April 1 at 3 p.m.

The new manufacturing lab will be used by the UI, Idaho Falls and EITC to train advanced manufacturing personnel to support the rapidly growing manufacturing sector in eastern Idaho. 

This also is part of an initiative to focus on student recruitment and training at the secondary education level. By increasing math, science, engineering and technology literacy at a younger age, manufacturing lab partners hope students will be more apt to take manufacturing and engineering-based classes in high school and college, and ultimately pursue a career in manufacturing technology and engineering. 

“Advanced manufacturing is one of eastern Idaho’s strongest assets,” said EITC’s Workforce Training Manager Ken Erickson. “Supporting eastern Idaho’s existing manufacturing base will diversify our economy and foster the development of related supportive businesses, all of which will ensure economic viability of the region and its residents for decades to come.” 

UI and EITC want to send a message that manufacturing jobs are viable career options and this new collaboration between the two institutions can help Idaho bridge the skills gap in manufacturing. 

“Today’s manufacturing workers are not dressed in greasy overalls, performing mindless, repetitive tasks,” said Cheryl Wilhelmsen, director of the industrial technology program at UI, Idaho Falls.”  More likely, they are operating computerized equipment that requires knowledge of math and science.”


Cheryl Wilhelmsen 
Director of Industrial Technology
University of Idaho, Idaho Falls 

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