Points of Distinction

NIC opens $20 million career and technical education facility
Opened in September, the 110,960-square-foot Parker Technical Education Center facility was built with $15 million from college capital funds coupled with donations secured through the Building the Future Campaign, which is currently close to its $5 million goal. The facility has adequate space and state-of-the-art equipment to meet student training needs and regional workforce demands of today and tomorrow.

The facility houses the following programs: Advanced Manufacturing/Mechatronics, Automotive Technology, Collision Repair Technology, Computer Aided Design Technology—Architectural, Computer Aided Design Technology—Mechanical, Diesel Technology, Industrial Mechanic/Millwright, Machining and CNC Technology, and Welding Technology.

Student Wellness and Recreation Center breaks ground May 4
Construction is currently underway on a $7.7 million, 30,000-square-foot Wellness and Recreation Center on NIC’s main campus. The project was funded by student fees and staff memberships.

The design includes a gymnasium, climbing wall, open recreation space, a weight area, multi-activity court, locker rooms, offices, storage, a laundry room and an indoor walk/run track on the second story. The ribbon cutting ceremony is slated for August 2017.

NIC awarded $482,582 IDOL grant to boost wood products manufacturing
North Idaho College was awarded a $482,582 grant by the Idaho Department of Labor to train more than 200 workers in the wood products manufacturing industry. The two-year grant is a partnership with Lewis-Clark State College and five wood products manufacturing companies in North Idaho. The positions will pay wages ranging from $15 to $25 per hour plus employer-assisted medical benefits.

The funds will be used to address skill gaps for high-wage, high-demand occupations in the forest products industry and increase the employment and wages of Idaho workers in mostly rural areas. The project also supports the Apprenticeship Idaho program, which expands innovative apprenticeships into high-growth occupations and industries. Idaho Forest Group, Potlatch and Lumber LLC, Stimson Lumber Co., Empire Lumber Co. and Plummer Forest Products (a total of 11 mills) are the five business partners in the grant. The North Idaho College Wood Products Center of Excellence will provide training along with structured on-site training at the mills.

NIC scholarship established to honor officer slain in duty
The Sergeant Greg Moore Memorial Scholarship was established by friends of Moore through the North Idaho College Foundation to honor the Coeur d’Alene Police officer who was killed in the line of duty on May 5, 2015. The endowment provides scholarships for children of Kootenai County law enforcement and fire protection personnel who wish to follow in their parents’ footsteps. Awards will be made to  students who are pursuing degrees in Law Enforcement, Fire Sciences, and Fire Fighter Training -- either credit or non-credit programs. 100 percent of donated funds will support the scholarship.

Special Needs Basketball Extravaganza
For the fifth year, North Idaho College hosted a Special Needs Basketball Extravaganza in Christianson Gym. The extravaganza was a chance for special needs athletes to experience the bright lights and wild atmosphere of a big-time college basketball game. Athletes were introduced on the court with smoke machines and laser lights while being announced on the loudspeaker. NIC basketball players and coaches make it a special night for all the players.

NIC Athletics teams, Police Academy give back
North Idaho College Basic Patrol Academy and members of local law enforcement worked with members of the Coeur d’Alene Eagles Special Olympics team and their families for the “Tip-a-Cop” fundraiser.

Volleyball players donated hundreds of new children’s pajamas that they collected from the community to be distributed to victims of domestic violence and other crimes through the Victim Services Unit. The wrestling team gave out its 15,000th book to elementary school children as part of the Shirley Parker Reading program. The softball team voluntarily hosted and ran the Kootenai Girls Softball Association skills clinic, the women’s basketball team helped raise money in the fight against cancer, and the men’s basketball team hosted summer camps, among other NIC Athletics outreach events in the community.

NIC offers free safety training
North Idaho College offered free safety training at Safety Fest of the Great Northwest at the Workforce Training Center in Post Falls. This three-day event in was a chance for companies to receive free safety training for their employees from some of the area’s best safety instructors. Since its inception in 2009, Safety Fest has grown from a few hundred participants a year to about 1,000. Safety Fest is an event for the whole community and educates people about safety issues both at work and at home.

Music for the community
North Idaho College hosted its annual “Gathering of Bands” event, which features clinics and concerts with hundreds of high school students from all over North Idaho and Eastern Washington. Students trained with instructors in their own bands and then joined forces for two concerts.

NIC hosted North Idaho Regional Spelling Bee
A total of 47 fourth- through eighth-graders from the five northern counties of Idaho participated in the 12th annual North Idaho Regional Spelling Bee Saturday in March at North Idaho College. The winner will received an all expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. to participate in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

NIC held high school regional Skills USA welding competition
A total of 22 high school students from Kootenai Technical Education Campus, Lakeland High School and Sandpoint High School participated in the regional Skills USA welding competition hosted by North Idaho College in March.

NIC Medical Assistant program off the charts
The North Idaho College Medical Assistant program published data from its first three years of operation and employer satisfaction, as well as the number students passing the certification exam, reported 100 percent.

Retention rate, placement and graduate satisfaction all scored in the mid to high 90th percentile. NIC’s Medical Assistant Certificate program was awarded accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs in 2013. NIC students who have completed the Medical Assistant program are eligible to take the national certification exam. Students can earn an Intermediate Technical Certificate in as little as 11 months, or can pursue a two-year degree. Online options (offered through a combination of online theory and on-campus labs) are offered at the NIC campus and through outreach centers in Bonners Ferry, Sandpoint, and the Silver Valley.

Career tech instructor top in state
NIC Collision Repair Technology instructor Cal DeHaas was named State Advisor of the Year for Idaho at the SkillsUSA State Leadership and Skills Conference held in Nampa, Idaho.

NIC students earn honors at national BPA conference
Four North Idaho College student members of Business Professionals of America competed at the 2016 BPA National Leadership Conference held in Boston, with two of them placing in the top 10 nationally. BPA is a national organization for high school and college students preparing for careers in business and technical fields. 

NIC announces first inductees into veteran honor society
Six new student veterans were inducted into the NIC chapter of the national honor society for student veterans: “SALUTE” (Service – Academics – Leadership – Unity – Tribute – Excellence). Established in 2009, SALUTE is the first national honor society established for student veterans and military personnel attending 2-year and 4-year institutions of higher education.

NIC student top in nation for musical composition
North Idaho College Music major Sam Rainey, 20, from Coeur d’Alene, was awarded first place in the national Jack Stone Award for New Music competition. Rainey’s composition of “NYC Traffic Jam” was selected as the best composition created by a student currently enrolled at community college within the United States.

NIC students earn silver, gold at the Addy Awards
Four North Idaho College students took home gold and silver awards at the 2017 Addy Awards in Spokane for graphic design. The American Advertising Federation-Spokane puts on the annual awards, which is one of the biggest of its kind in the area.