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B 50 Years Ago at CSI
In July of 1965...
Legislation became effective which made it mandatory for all of the State of Idaho to be broken into six junior college areas. The area to be served by the state Area IV Junior College District includes the counties of Camas, Blaine, Lincoln, Gooding, Jerome, Minidoka, Cassia, Twin Falls, and parts of Owyhee and Elmore. 

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CMedical Assistant
Spaces are still left in the College of Southern Idaho's Medical Assistant Program. The deadline for application to the fall 2015 class is Aug. 1 and the fall semester begins Aug. 24.

Medical Assistants are allied health professionals who assist physicians with patient care. They perform clinical and administrative functions in physicians' offices, clinics, and immediate care centers. These health professionals are instrumental in helping patients feel at ease in the doctor's office and often explain the doctor's instructions. If you have good communication skills and a caring manner, you may be well suited for a career in medical assisting.

Upon completion of the ten-month program, students may take the national certification exam to become a Certified Medical Assistant. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of Medical Assistants is expected to continue growing rapidly through at last 2020 as the health services industry continues to expand.

For more information, contact Kara Mahannah at kmahannah@csi.edu or 208-732-6728. The full program brochure with application requirements can be found on the CSI web site by clicking here.

DPACE Volunteers


PACE is looking for building/department representatives! Are you interested?


Every professional and classified employee, both full and part time, are automatically members of PACE (Professional and Classified Employees). We are the voice for our co-workers when someone has a concern, we are here to help with professional development, and we plan special events on campus. 


To make PACE work efficiently it is important to have a representative for each building or department. Right now we are looking for volunteers. A representative's responsibility is to bring information about what's going on in your building/department to our monthly meetings and then relay messages back to your building or department when necessary.  


Representatives are also given an opportunity to join any of our sub committees that deal with the PACE Newsletter, WOW cards, Employee of the Year, Professional Development Training, and more. 


To learn more about PACE click here. If you are interested in becoming a building/department representative please contact Polly Hulsey at 208-732-6876 or phulsey@csi.edu


CSI Kindergarten U

The Early Childhood Education Program is excited to announce the addition of a kindergarten classroom to its program!


The CSI Early Childhood Education Program has three missions: provide developmentally appropriate early childhood experiences for young children, provide a learning center for early childhood education students, and provide a collaborative and educational environment for families.


This fall the Early Childhood Education Program will add a kindergarten classroom, in collaboration with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Magic Valley, to its program. The curriculum will consist of Best Practices in Early Childhood Education focusing on Inquiry/Project strategies, Executive Function strategies, and Problem Solving strategies at developmentally appropriate levels to develop skills in content areas of Creative Arts, Social and Physical Development, Literacy, Science, Math, Engineering, Technology, and Critical Thinking. Curriculum for children will meet Common Core standards for Kindergarten Children.


The kindergarten program is now accepting enrollment. The program provides a certified teacher and an assistant teacher in each session to provide children individualized attention and to meet a variety of educational needs.


Kindergarten Two Sessions:

Tuesday through Friday, 8:00-11:00 am                                   

Tuesday through Friday, 12:30-3:30 pm                             


The daily routine will be approximately as follows:                                                                  

8:00-8:15/12:30-12:45 Arrival                                                 

8:15-8:30/12:45-1:00 Greeting/Literacy Circle            

8:30-8:45/1:00-1:15 Planning Journals

8:45-9:35/1:15-2:05 Learning Centers/Snack-Creative Curriculum Style

9:35-9:45/2:05-2:15 Clean Up                                                   

9:45-10:15/2:15-2:45 Outside Time

10:15-10:30/2:45-3:00 Music/Movement Time

10:30-11:00/3:00-3:30 Small Group Time


September - May


Registration Fee


Monthly Fee

Yearly Fee


Morning or Afternoon





Jennifer Patterson

Early Childhood Education Learning Center 

& Lab School Coordinator

jpatterson@csi.edu | 208-732-6645


GOutdoor Program Upcoming Event


Event: " Choose Your Own Adventure: Sun Valley" Hike N Yoga OR Mountain Bike


Date: July 18, 2015
Time: 8:30 am - 12:00 pm

Cost: $10 Full-Time Students, $15 Faculty/Staff, $20 Community Members


Spend the morning getting your zen on with the CSI ORC! We'll hike with our mats to a destination along the way, then spend an hour doing sun salutations and morning stretches. We'll finish the loop and head back to our cars after our yoga session.

This trip includes transportation and yoga mats if needed.


Join us on a day trip to Hailey, Idaho, to mountain bike the famous Harriman Trail! We'll split into two groups based on experience and what type of trail you want to take, stopping halfway through to eat some lunch!  We have limited gear, so you need to sign up early! YOU MUST EMAIL johntwiss@csi.edu by July 15th!

This trip is a steal deal -- includes transportation and all mountain biking gear provided!

What to Wear: Wear clothes appropriate for the weather & what you'd be comfortable wearing on a bike! Sturdy gym shoes or biking shoes recommended.

What to Bring: A backpack for snacks, extra layers, or to carry your personal items; WATER, Chapstick, LUNCH THAT CAN BE EATEN ON THE TRAIL, and anything you might need for the ride!


For more information about this trip click here. Or, you can visit their website by clicking here

IHerrett Center Summer Activities for Kids

Wednesday Class List for July

Unless otherwise noted, classes will run approximately 60 to 80 

minutes each Wednesday afternoon beginning at 1:00 pm.

  • July 15th: Sticky Situation - What did we do before Elmer's? Discover the ins and outs of sticking together. Naturally. Students in this class will explore a variety of native glues and binding materials and then mix their own glue following top-secret Herrett Center recipes. Recommended for ages 8 and up. $10 per student.
  • July 22nd: Rock Out with Rock Art! - Unearth the differences between petroglyphs and pictographs in this rocking activity. Students will create their own rock art and participate in a group project for display at the Herrett Center. Recommended for ages 6 and up. $5 per student.
  • July 29th: Split-Twig Figures and Dolls - Learn to create prehistoric toys and important ceremonial objects in this hands on class for busy fingers. Craft a ceremonial deer from tule reeds, then construct dolls and action figures using cattail leaves. Recommended for ages 8 and up. $5 per student.

Kindy Combe

Events & Academic Coordinator

kcombe@csi.edu | 208-732-6657


JChemicals in Foods

A Visual Guide to All of Those Unpronounceable Ingredients in Processed Foods

By: Adele Peters, Staff writer at Co. Exist
What do those mystery chemicals actually do? Take a tour of the most common additives to find out how food scientists modify what you eat."


"If you've ever perused an ingredient list and wondered why there's polyglycerol polyricinoleate in your candy bar or tertiary-butylhydroquinone in your cereal-or what, exactly, those things are-a new book has the answers."


"Ingredients includes close-up photos of 75 common additives, along with descriptions of their origins and use. Ethylenediaminetetracetic acid sucks up any trace metals in food to stop oxidation. Disodium inosinate multiplies the umami taste of MSG by a factor of six or eight. Carrageenen, made from seaweed flour, binds up fats and proteins in chocolate milk and is also used in everything from salad dressing to beer (and air fresheners, shoe polish, and personal lubricant)."


For a peak at a few of the pictures with their descriptions check out this great article online. My person favorite is shellac (pictured here), used as a film to keep everything from vegetables to coffee beans fresh, made from insect secretions that are scraped off trees, heated, strained, and dried into flakes. A pound of flakes takes the work of 100,000 lac bugs.


Judy Heatwole, MTD

Employee Wellbeing Coordinator

jheatwole@csi.edu | 208-732-6269


LWho to Call

Who do you call when you need help? Employee Assistance Program.

Our EAP offers services to help employees and your family members privately resolve problems that may interfere with work, family and life; up to 4 visits per issue with each company, of which there are two to choose from. These services must be pre-approved with each provider used by calling the toll-free numbers below.

RBH 24-hour Crisis hotline (866) 750-1327
Legal, Financial, Parenting, Adult & Elder-Care Services available.
MyRBH Website use LifeMap for the Access Code

BPA 24-hour Crisis hotline (800) 726-0003
With special resources for smoking cessation, weight management, alcohol & drug abuse, legal & financial services. Use the BPA Website to Log in use College of Southern Idaho for your Organization's Name and 800-726-0003 for the Plan's Toll-free Number. 

Judy Heatwole
Employee Wellbeing Coordinator
jheatwole@csi.edu | 208-732-6269

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