Idaho Health Care Workers exiting industry

Niki Manning (foreground), wearing a hat she made, just returned from a hat making apprenticeship in Colorado. Manning said several others in the program had, like her, come from careers in health care. Manning, Tess Keim (center), a physician assistant moving out of her career, and Stefania Moore (right), a registered nurse who now owns and operates an iCode school, connected on a Facebook group for Boise women in business, bonding over their shared history as health care workers.

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Originally published June 24 on IdahoCapitalSun.com.

It was a very 2022 get-together: women who connected on social media, meeting in person for the first time over wine and hors d’oeuvres at a business that teaches computer coding — to talk about what comes next when you leave a career in health care.

Idaho Health Care Workers exiting industry

Stefania Moore shows a Raspberry Pi microcomputer at her business, an iCode franchise in southeast Boise. Moore opened the business a year ago, after pandemic-related delays. It operates year-round with five classrooms, about 35 students a week and a dozen instructors and lab mentors — mainly high school and college STEM students or recent graduates.

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