“Idaho is at risk. Not only is Idaho coming up short with respect to educating our children, but we are doing so in an economic environment where those with lower skills fall further behind.”
Idaho At Risk, Cahill, 2019
HDCC aims to inform, inspire, and celebrate the innate excitement and enthusiasm found in students, grades 4 through 8. Instead of waiting until high school to build student aspirations for college (trade, vocational, two-year, four-year programs), HDCC engages students to be active participants in their own education. HDCC helps students explore their aspirations and the wide range of opportunities across the spectrum of higher education that is often beyond their sight, offers scholarship funds, and promotes the essential habits of hard work, effort, motivation, and character as core tenets to accessing higher educational opportunities. In collaboration with its nine school-districts, HDCC directly advances the Idaho State Board of Education’s 60% Goal that states, “by June 30, 2025, 60% of the state’s citizens between the ages of 25-34 shall have a postsecondary education.”
HDCC’s vision is to strengthen and enrich Idaho’s rural communities by building an aspirational, college-going culture which energetically supports a brighter future for its youth and its community through education.