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Apprenticeship Program Helps Connect St. Al's With Reliable Refugee Workers

Ethan Webber
Boise State Public Radio

Refugees have a lot of things to sort out in a quick period of time when they arrive in Idaho, but one of the most important things is finding sustainable and dignified work. Saint Alphonsus Hospital in Boise has started a pre-apprenticeship program to help train refugee workers as “environmental services” employees, a role that keeps the hospital clean and safe. Idaho Matters speaks to one refugee who has gone through the program, where she earns about $12 per hour and hopes to become a nurse one day. 

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Frankie Barnhill is the Senior Producer of Idaho Matters, Boise State Public Radio's daily show and podcast. She's always interested in hearing surprising and enlightening stories about life in the West. Have an idea for Idaho Matters? Drop her a line!