NIC Foundation awards $55,000 in grants

The North Idaho College Foundation recently announced the recipients of $55,000 in grant funds awarded this year through the NIC Foundation Grant Program.

The goal of the grant program is to foster innovation and educational excellence, and strengthen support services at North Idaho College. Charitable donations received by the Foundation each year provide the resources to fund this grant program.

Since the program’s inception in 1994, the Foundation has funded $1,208,578 for 291 grants. A committee of representatives from the Associated Students of NIC, Staff Assembly and Faculty Assembly, Student Services, Instruction and the NIC Foundation chose the recipients based on each grant proposal’s relationship to the college’s strategic plan and its potential to advance the vision and mission of NIC.

The grant recipients are as follows:  

·         Business and Professional/Law Enforcement Basic Patrol Academy. Funding for laptop computers for the academy classroom that will allow students to access course material, take notes, and complete online course exams.

·         Career Services. Funding for displays to promote “Student Awareness and Use of Career Services to Support Guided Pathways” and to provide students with information about career counseling services.

·         Children’s Center. Funding for iPads in the infant, toddler and two-year old classrooms that will provide the teachers with access to learning opportunities and assessment tools.

·         Communications and Marketing. Funding for “NIC – Your Next Step.”  This project will provide digital display advertising to area high schools to advertise the college and promote programs. Displays at NIC’s outreach centers will be used to promote programs and services for outreach students.

·         Communications/Fine Arts. Funding for art equipment for the newly established industrial art studio that will include a plasma cutter, a Mig welder and an enamel furnace.

·         Communications/Fine Arts. Funding for an updated, energy efficient digital display to be used by the Photography Department to display student artwork in the southwest lobby of Boswell Hall.

·         Bridging the Gap. These funds will be used to purchase books, tools, and/or supplies that students need to successfully complete the semester.

·         Financial Aid Office. Funding to create a “Financial Aid Service Center” to help students and their families apply for financial aid, complete scholarship applications, access the national student loan system and other helpful tools.

·         Health Professions and Nursing. Funding for “Ponder, a portable nursing simulation learning activity.” These are designed to promote the development of problem solving and critical thinking skills.

·         Landscape Services. Funding to replace beach barbeques that have been on campus since 1980. This will promote a more welcoming environment and serve as a beautiful addition to the natural beauty of the NIC beach.

·         Molstead Library. Funding for “We’ve been Hangin’ Around.”  This project will provide wall space and a hanging system that will allow students working in two-dimensional art to display their work.

·         Student Counseling Services. Funding for Youth Mental Health First Aid. This program is designed to teach participants the skills necessary to recognize and respond to mental health emergencies and to access mental health resources.

·         Student Development. Funding for the “NIC Cardinal Leadership Program:  Investing in Personal Strengths to Build Leadership.” This project will allow the Director of Student Life to gain credentials as a Gallup Strengths Coach and to implement a Leadership Summit training to help develop student leadership.

·         Student Development. Funding to purchase the SciFit Total Body PRO2, an adaptive piece of fitness equipment that can be used by all people, including those with a variety of physical disabilities.

Information: (208) 769-5978.



Posted: Friday, Dec. 9, 2016

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