Division of Continuing Education and Conference Services

Division of Continuing Education and Conference Services

Gary Salazar, Director
Division of Continuing Education and Conference Services
1001 N 7th Ave. Stop 8062
Pocatello ID 83209-8062
(208) 282-3155


Continuing Education coordinates programs throughout Idaho State University as well as area businesses. Programs include courses and workshops for faculty and staff, professionals, businesses and educators, with emphasis on administering a wide variety of educational experiences for the community and surrounding region.

The general mission of Continuing Education is to provide high quality leadership and support services for continuing professional education and lifelong learning activities for all ages held throughout the university’s service territory, with special emphasis on teacher education, health professions, and arts and sciences. Program sites in Idaho include Pocatello, Idaho Falls, Twin Falls, Ketchum/Sun Valley, and Meridian. Specific programs are also held nationally. Offerings include credit and non-credit programs, evening and weekend programs, short courses, web conferences, seminars, institutes, youth enrichment programs, customized training and conferences. Continuing Education administers the National Continuing Education Unit (CEU) (see below) in conjunction with the International Association for Continuing Education and Training. More than 15,000 people participate annually in 400 activities.

Programs served by Conference Services include the annual Idaho Conference on Health Care, Early Childhood Conference, Intermountain Conference on the Environment, and coordination of web conferences such as those produced by the National University Telecommunications Network (NUTN), PBS/Adult Learning Systems (ALS), and Worldwide Lessons in Leadership.

ISU’s Division of Continuing Education, in partnership with Gatlin Education Services (GES), offers hundreds of engaging online courses for personal enrichment and/or professional development in a variety of industries and fields. For more information, visit http://www.isu.edu/conteduc/.

For a list of course offerings, to make suggestions for course offerings or ­potential instructors, or other desired ­information, write or telephone the address given above.

CEU Program

The Continuing Education Unit is an internationally accepted method for quantifying the value of noncredit continuing education activities (defined as quality instruction that does not carry academic credit). Each contact hour in an approved workshop, in-service, conference session, short course or training program is ­recorded as 1/10 CEU. These do not accumulate for college credit. Noncredit continuing education ­programs that offer CEUs are most ­frequently sponsored by associations, agencies, educational institutions, ­business and industry for the benefit of members, registered participants, employees, etc. It communicates to participants the value that the sponsoring group places upon professional development, information ­updating, retraining and lifelong learning. There is a recording fee of $20 per class to create a permanent transcript that is then available through the Idaho State University Registrar’s Office upon written request.

New Knowledge Adventures and Friends for Learning

Under the direction of the former Elderhostel organization, now known as Road Scholar, Idaho State University has developed these programs for Idahoans 50 years and older, featuring member-directed, peer-led programs throughout the fall and spring semesters, and short courses in a wide variety of areas. Members join for one semester at a time and all programs are open to them in Pocatello New Knowledge Adventures and Idaho Falls Friends for Learning.

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