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Student Affairs

Center for New Directions


The Center for New Directions at CEI is one of six programs in Idaho whose mission is to assist adults wishing to change or improve their education and/or employment. We specialize in career development services for single parents, displaced homemakers, those considering non-traditional training or employment and other special populations. Services to provide support and career opportunities for CEI students are available.

What and Who

Plan for Success

A counselor will meet with you to determine what your needs are. If you wish to explore new careers or acquire new skills, career exploration is available. If you are a student and want to ensure success in your program or optimal placement in employment, the counselor will assist with effective study strategies, managing test anxiety, overcoming barriers and connecting to campus and community resources.

Non-Traditional Student Support Services

A gender-specific non-traditional student is one whose gender is under-represented in his/her career field (less than 25%) If you are a woman entering the auto trades or a man entering most health professions you may qualify for additional resources thru the Center for New Directions.

Single Parent and Displaced Homemaker Program

From career counseling to individual Academic case management, the SP/DH program is designed to help single parents achieve academic, career, and personal success. Assistance includes:

  • Life Management Coaching
  • Textbook assistance
  • Personal Counseling
  • Fee Waivers

Where to Start

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Looking for a career?  Use the Career Exploration links below to access career assessments that can help you find a career that fits your interests.


Make an Appointment

Our Career Center staff are happy to meet with you.  They can recommend career exploration assessments, interpret results, navigate training options and more.  Call 208-535-5363 to schedule an appointment, or email the Career Center at

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Study Strategies Workshop

The Center for New Directions offers a variety of workshops on various study strategies. Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Time Management
  • Note-Taking Strategies
  • Reading College Textbooks
  • Test Success Strategies and Managing Test Anxiety
  • Many More, Just ask or suggest!

Self Assessments

Career Center Assessments

  • MBTI Personality Test
  • Strong Interest Inventory
  • Holland's Occupational Personality Types


Center for New Directions
Building 5, room 591
(208) 535-5363

Julie McMurtrey
Senior Coordinator

Julie Thompson
Special Populations Counselor

Tami Nichols
Administrative Assistant

College of Eastern Idaho, 208.524.3000, 1600 S 25th E, Idaho Falls, ID 83404

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