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Journey to Opportunity

What inspires a native high school student on one of Idaho's five reservations decide to graduate and go on to college? Idaho Public Television spent time on the reservations and at area colleges to see what's helping these students succeed and where they might need some help and encouragement. These four extended interview segments give us a better view of the problems these tribes face and give us a view of what they are doing to help today's students get on the journey to opportunity.

An Interview with D'Lisa Pinkham

Dr. D'Lisa Pinkham explains how the Lapwai schools are tailoring curriculum for students. As part of that process, teachers and school leadership collaborate to find better ways of teaching that are culturally responsive. Being culturally responsive means to present content knowledge and skills to students in the classroom in a way that connects to their own backgrounds in the community.

An Interview with Larry Murillo

Larry Murillo's job is focused on getting tribal students into college and how to keep them in college once they get there. Among the lessons he's learned is that students that have parents that attended college or are successful and hard working tend to do better in school. Support in the home and community is vital to many of these students and the tribes have programs and funding available to help the students during their college journey. But the tribes are still struggling to get students excited about higher education and struggling to overcome misconceptions about the tribes.

An Interview with Lynn Manning-John

Lynn Manning-John explains what it's like to grow up on a reservation and what it means to get an education and return to the reservation to be an educator. The Duck Valley Reservation is partially in Idaho and partially in Nevada. Being so remote means contact off the reservation is rare. That means they turn to the only thing they know, the community family for support. Education in this small community isn't just important. It's vital because today's students are tomorrow's community leaders.

An Interview with Rudy Soto

Rudy Soto wasn't always on the path to success. He ended up in jail and struggled to overcome peer pressure outside of the home. Today he works for a member of Congress in Washington DC and serves in the National Guard. Recognizing his mistakes, Rudy shares his experience with others in hopes of helping today's youth avoid making the same mistakes he did growing up. He also has some ideas on how to make education better for kids on reservations that need to see and experience life off the reservations. They need to see the potential for success and have a "goal-oriented vision" for themselves and their community.

Journey to College

Journey to College - the full show

Idahoans who end their education in high school can expect to earn only half as much as those with a four-year degree, yet fewer than 47 percent of the state’s high school graduates enroll in a two- or four-year program. Why are Idaho’s high school students not going on to college? JOURNEY TO COLLEGE looks at some roadblocks to higher education and suggests solutions for students and parents.

Choosing a Career Path

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This unit focuses on how career choice effects college choice.

Overcoming Barriers to College

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This unit focuses on the things that keep students from attending college or going on to post-secondary training.

College Application 101

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This unit focuses on how to access information about colleges and apply for college admission.

Paying for College

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This unit focuses on college expenses which include, but are not limited to, tuition, books, and living expenses

The College Journey

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This unit focuses on how students can create a successful college experience for themselves.


Journey to Career

There are many different ways for high school graduates to get training for the job of their choice. The two most common choices in Idaho are Universities and technical colleges. These two options offer very different types of job training through higher education and attract different types of students.

Journey to Career focuses on students at a handful of Idaho’s technical colleges. During the past few months, we spoke to 6-students who explain why they chose a technical college and what they believe it offers them as they look to a future career. Whether you are interested in the medical field, law enforcement, aquaculture, or computer sciences, Idaho’s technical colleges offer a wide variety of options to those who are focused on a specific career.

Journey to Education is made possible with funding from the College Access Grant, the Idaho State Board of Education and the Idaho Public Television Foundation, and in partnership with the Idaho State Department of Education.