Brad Wiskirchen leads Idaho’s largest privately held technology company (by revenue). “The accessibility of highly qualified, talented, and skilled workers helps business grow in the Boise Valley. At Keynetics, we have benefitted from the relatively high levels of education amongst people we are recruiting; it’s been very beneficial for us regardless of the position we need to fill."
A strong educational system is the backbone of a strong workforce – and ultimately, the backbone of a strong and thriving business community. The Boise Valley is home to nearly a dozen colleges and universities offering undergraduate- and graduate-level programs in disciplines ranging from engineering and business management to manufacturing, agriculture and healthcare, ensuring that businesses relocating or expanding in the region will have access to the best and brightest minds for decades to come.
Nearly 41 percent of the Boise Valley’s 280,000-person workforce hold degrees
87.3 percent of adults over the age of 25 have graduated from high school
63 percent of the state’s total general fund is allocated to education
Over 75 percent of Boise State University graduates, and 50 percent of College of Idaho graduates, continue to live and work in the Boise Valley
Almost every city with a population over 20,000 has a college or university
Did you know? In Fall 2011, Boise State University had a 200 percent increase for enrolled international freshmen.