Alisha Jonas elected Foundation Board President
The Idaho Career and Technical Education Foundation (ICTEF) announced on June 9 the election of a new president, Alishia Jonas, and a new vice president, Staci Low, to the board of directors. Officers serve up to two consecutive one-year terms and are elected by members of the board.
Jonas, who previously served as the ICTEF vice president, holds an associate degree in communication from the College of Western Idaho, a B.A. in communication from Boise State University, and an M.S. in communication from Purdue University. Jonas serves as the community relations manager for Kendall Auto Group. She has also served on the boards of the YMCA of Snohomish County, Marysville, and DECA Inc., on the editorial board of the Idaho Press, and as a volunteer for the Idaho Youth Ranch and the American Heart Association.
Low holds a B.S. in business education from the University of Idaho, an M.Ed. in administration from the University of Idaho, and an Ed.S. in educational leadership from the University of Idaho. She works for the West Ada School District as the director of career-technical education. Low has also been a business education instructor for six years, assistant principal for 10 years, and district office administrator for 12 years. Along with her career, she is also a member of Career Technical Educators of Idaho.
“Alishia has a strong passion for career technical education,” said Clay Long, state administrator for the Idaho Division of Career Technical Education and ex-officio member of the ICTEF board. “Her engagement over the past several years as vice president of the board is a testament to that commitment. We are extremely grateful any time we can include industry in conversations about CTE, and Alishia will help strengthen those ties.”
“I am honored to serve as the new president of ICTEF and am excited to continue to work hard to support the education system and our youth,” said Jonas. “As Idaho continues to grow and the demand for high-skilled careers increases, CTE programs equip the next generation with the tools, knowledge, and opportunities to succeed, in turn, helping our communities thrive.”
ICTEF was established as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) by Dr. Larry G. Selland in 1983. The Foundation was created to stimulate and promote quality career technical education (CTE) by raising private donations to support CTE students statewide and form lasting partnerships between education and industry. These partnerships result in the preparation of students who excel in meeting the changing needs of Idaho’s employers and economy.