As part of the effort to launch a medical-technical college at Hailey, officials of the College of Southern Idaho and the Blaine County School District have agreed to share office space and laboratory facilities.
The pact means administrative offices of the school district will move in the next two weeks to an office building. CSI already has moved its Blaine County community education offices to the location.Use of the floor of offices for the next three years was donated in July to the college by former Sun Valley City Councilman Hughes Brown. Brown died Saturday from leukemia. He donated the space in his effort to start a college for medical technicians.
It would offer certificates in disciplines such as radiology and respiratory therapy. Brown and his wife asked CSI to get the school off the ground and administer the first classes.
CSI needs laboratory space to get the school going, and that is where the school district got involved. The school district agreed to make lab space available to CSI at Wood River High School, and in return gets a rent break on the office space.
The move will save the district about $8,000 per year, according to Superintendent Phil Homer.
Gerald Beck, dean of continuing education for CSI, has spearheaded the effort to start a medical training school. The first phase will start in January, he said.
That calls for development of a curriculum to offer two-year, preprofessional degrees in applied science fields. Students can use the preprofessional degrees to transfer to four-year schools with programs such as physical therapy, dental hygiene and radiology or respiratory therapy.