Idaho State hosting ‘combine’ for construction positions


With contractors in the region struggling to find employees to keep up with the demand for real estate construction, Idaho State University is introducing an event to match potential employees and employers.

And to do so, they have taken a page from the NFL.

The continuing education and workforce training department at Idaho State is offering a two-day “construction combine” March 28 and 29 at Home Depot, 4340 Hawthorne Road in Chubbuck, to help residents looking to enter the construction sector develop skills for the marketplace. The NFL combine brings the nation’s top college football prospects together each spring to showcase their skills in front of NFL coaches and scouts.

Inspired by the NFL Combine concept, participants will train in framing, concrete, electrical, plumbing, flooring, and masonry at different stations on the first day. Day two will feature an exhibition and “draft” where participants will help construct 8 to 10 sheds and receive feedback from local contractors.

A networking barbecue will follow, ending with contractors “drafting” individuals for potential jobs at a post-event banquet.

Scott Stephens, business consultant for the ISU continuing education and workforce training department, said the combine is a program designed to introduce businesses and employment opportunities in the construction field.

“Contractors right now are telling me they have so much work,” Stephens said. “They’re having to turn away work because they don’t have the time to do it. After we came up with the plan (for the construction combine), I went and talked to a lot of contractors, and they said ‘that’s a fantastic idea. We would definitely support it.’”

Around 10 contractors and 70 participants have signed up for the event, but additional contractors and attendees are welcome.

For those unable to attend the combine in Chubbuck, Idaho State is hoping to bring a similar event to Idaho Falls in the future.

To learn more about the combine, or to sign up for the event, visit or call Stephens at 208-282-3372.

Program receives accreditation rating

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education has granted initial accreditation to Bingham Memorial Hospital’s internal medicine residency program.

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education oversees accreditation of the allopathic arm of medical education, which represents approximately 92 percent of all practicing physicians in the United States. The American Osteopathic Association that controls the osteopathic arm of medical education initially accredited Bingham Memorial’s internal medicine residency program.

“Being accredited by the American Osteopathic Association was a worthy feat for the Bingham family of medical care as they are significantly stringent in a manner comparable to the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education in its requirements for training residents,” Dr. B. Shields Stutts, cardiologist and residency director at Bingham Memorial, said in a hospital news release. “Receiving this accreditation signifies we have done a credible job in our efforts to train physicians in our internal medicine program, and allows us to plan for existence beyond 2020 when credentialing for both osteopathic and allopathic will come under the scrutiny of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.”

The Bingham Internal Medicine Residency program applicant pool will increase fourfold with this accreditation because now both Doctor of Medicine (MD) and Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) candidates can apply to the program. Previously, the program could only accept DO physician graduates, the release said.

“At Bingham Memorial, we recognize embodying an academic program in daily patient care has contributed positively to the daily care of patients and to our high level of patient satisfaction,” Stutts said. “This accreditation is a win for our patients and will ultimately help to contribute to overcoming our doctor shortage in Idaho. Currently Idaho ranks 49th in physicians per capita. This will also be a win for Idaho.”

Accreditation is achieved through a voluntary process of evaluation and review based on published accreditation standards. Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education accreditation provides assurance that a sponsoring institution or program meets the quality standards (institutional and program requirements) of the specialty or subspecialty practice(s) for which it prepares its graduates, the release said. Bingham’s residency program trains their residents in the internal medicine specialty.

Fall River Co-Op seeks candidates

Fall River Rural Electric Cooperative is seeking individuals to fill three vacancies on its nine-member board of directors in an upcoming election

The cooperative is seeking candidates for races in District 1, which includes the Rexburg, Labelle, and Ririe area; District 5, which includes West Driggs and Tetonia; and District 6, which includes Ashton and southern Fremont County.

Potential candidates must live within the boundaries of the district they are seeking election. Owner-members of the cooperative will vote on all board candidates.

Anyone interested in being considered as a candidate should contact Fall River Electric Cooperative at 1-800-632-5726. The deadline for consideration is April 6.

Just 4 Kids Urgent Care to open

An urgent care center catering specifically to children is opening in Idaho Falls later this month.

Just 4 Kids Urgent Care, located at 3320 S. 25th East, will be Idaho’s first pediatric-centered urgent care clinic, according to a news release.

The practice, founded by Dr. Aaron Gardner, pediatric critical care specialist at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center, will provide health care services to children in non-life threatening situations. It is scheduled to open March 26.

To learn more, visit, or call 208-656-1500.

Chamber hosting monthly luncheon

The Greater Blackfoot Area Chamber of Commerce will host its monthly luncheon at noon Wednesday at Premier Technology, 1858 W. Bridge Road in Blackfoot.

The event will feature speakers from the city and area businesses, and provide attendees networking opportunities. Lunch will be sponsored by Alliance Title.

To learn more, visit

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Reporter Marc Basham can be reached at 208-542-6763.

Reporter Marc Basham can be reached at 208-542-6763.