Safeway donates truck to NIC diesel program


Safeway donated a diesel truck to be used by North Idaho College students in that program recently. Students will be able to use the truck when classes start at the new Career and Technical Education Facility next fall.

“This gift from Safeway comes at the most opportune time for NIC and our students,” said Kassie Silvas, NIC dean of NIC Career, Technical and Workforce Education. “NIC’s new Career and Technical Education Facility allows the diesel program to expand and accept more students than ever before. A generous gift of this magnitude is most welcomed and appreciated since we are in need of more equipment to accommodate an increase of students in the diesel program.”

John Ortiz, Safeway district manager, said Safeway welcomes the opportunity to invest in the community’s future.

“We were thrilled to be able to contribute to the training and education of diesel mechanics in North Idaho. This is obviously a crucial element of our business, and we strongly support all schools and training that will produce highly skilled mechanics to keep this industry running,” Ortiz said.

Pictured when the truck was donated to NIC are, from left, Doug Anderson, NIC division chair of Trades and Industry; Mike Kent, Safeway truck driver; Debra Robinson, Safeway trucking supervisor; John Ortiz, Safeway district manager; Tom Colnaric, Safeway store director, Kassie Silvas, NIC dean of NIC Career, Technical and Workforce Education; and NIC President Rick MacLennan.

To make a donation to NIC, contact the NIC Foundation at (208) 769-5978 or donate online at

Posted: Wednesday, July 20, 2016

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