By Published on April 5, 2018

Boise, ID – Stevens-Henager College is partnering with the Idaho Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to build a revolutionary new program focused on helping and supporting Hispanic-owned businesses in the community.

The program will assess the health and needs of Hispanic-owned businesses, and then connect them with resources they need to be successful. This will allow students an opportunity to reach back to their community by learning more about the needs of business owners. Students will also get the chance to network with business owners and work with the Chamber of Commerce.

“I had a sit-down conversation with George Thomas, the executive director of the Stevens-Henager campuses in Boise and Nampa, to discuss the needs of Hispanic business owners and how as a chamber we could connect them with all of the resources that the Valley has to offer,” said Diane Bevan, President and CEO of the Idaho Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. “George’s vision and strategic thinking ultimately resulted in us choosing Stevens-Henager College to be the first pilot of the student-led assessment, with a ‘boots on the ground’ approach to process the evaluation of the needs of our Hispanic business owners.”

Stevens-Henager College strives to be involved in worthwhile and meaningful causes within the community, according to Breean McKinney, Business Development Representative for Stevens-Henager College in Boise.

“As a nonprofit, it is essential for Stevens-Henager to be engaged and involved in the community that it wishes to serve,” McKinney said. “There are literally millions of brilliant individuals out there whose educational needs aren’t cookie-cutter, and won’t be met by traditional means. These individuals deserve to know who we are and what we do, and they won’t find out unless we are committed to being a dynamic, integral part of the communities in which they work and live.”

Stevens-Henager College has also supported the local Hispanic community by sponsoring a table at The State of the Hispanic Community in Idaho Address. This event showcased the strength of the local Hispanic community and how it will continue to grow and become more vibrant and influential throughout the state.

“Because of its size and core values, Stevens-Henager is able to provide many Hispanic students and their families with something that other institutions may not be able to, and that is time,” McKinney said. “Time to treat them like an individual and a member of our Stevens-Henager family, and not just another number.”

About Stevens-Henager College

Stevens-Henager College provides career-focused higher education to students in Utah and Idaho. Offering undergraduate degree programs in healthcare, business, graphic arts, and technology, Stevens-Henager College is committed to preparing professionals for meaningful careers and an increased sense of satisfaction. Stevens-Henager College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) and admits students of any race, color, and national or ethnic origin.