The program, to be based in Pierce, includes a 22-week residential phase that focuses on education and life skills training for Idaho high school dropouts, followed by a yearlong mentoring phase. The first class is expected to begin in January.
The Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee also unanimously approved the Military Division’s fiscal 2014 budget. The $64.7 million spending plan includes more funding for the program: $2.1 million in federal funds, $746,000 in dedicated funds, and 24 full-time positions. Five full-time positions were previously approved.