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Apprenticeship Appreciation Month on Tech Tuesday

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This month on Tech Tuesday host Dean Jerry Anhorn welcomes Paul Dickey, Apprenticeship Coordinator for ISU Continuing Ed, and Tana Christensen, CEO of Platinum Plumbing, for a conversation about Apprenticeship Appreciation Month. They also take a moment to remember an industry leader, Rick Newlin, who recently passed away.

  • Tana Christensen is the owner of Platinum Plumbing and Directional Drilling, a successful plumbing business that she operates with her husband in Southeast Idaho. Tana is the organizer of the Rick Newlin Endowment for the Plumbing Apprenticeship Program, a scholarship effort to commemorate her late friend Rick who impacted so may lives in the local plumbing industry. On the show, Tana discusses her spirit of giving, the demand for qualified local plumbers, and the incredible career opportunities that plumbing has to offer. With a degree in Communications, Tana decided to pursue licensed plumbing as a trade, after seeing the exponential demand in her family business.
  • Paul Dickey is the Apprenticeship Coordinator for the Continuing Education and Workforce Training program at Idaho State University. Over the past 7 years, Paul has coordinated the program delivery of apprenticeship programs at ISU, including those in Electrical Apprenticeship, Plumbing Apprenticeship, and Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning, also known as HVAC, Apprenticeship programs. Paul discusses demand for local plumbers, and how apprenticeships offer students applied learning pathways to in demand career opportunities. 
Gerald (Jerry) Anhorn began his role as Dean of the College of Technology at ISU on August 14th. Jerry previously served as the Dean of Workforce Transfer and Trades at Walla Walla Community College. Prior to serving in that role, he served as the Director of the Water and Environmental Center and Instructor of Water Management, Irrigation and Civil Engineering. Jerry also holds degrees in Agriculture Science and Agriculture Mechanization. He has been involved in landscape architecture and irrigation construction design. Jerry's wife is a middle school math teacher and they have 3 grown children. Family is very important to Jerry. He also enjoys restoring old 4 X 4 vehicles and anything to do with the outdoors.