NIC to add three new professional-technical programs; will reinstate welding program

North Idaho College will add three new professional-technical programs and reinstate a former program for fall semester 2005. Three new programs Outdoor Power/Recreational Vehicle Technology, Landscape Technology and the Human Resources Assistant program were added based on the current demand for these programs as well as the market outlook for job placement. “Over the years, these programs kept reoccurring in conversations with the business community,” said Trades and Industry Division Chair Walt Carlson. “We performed needs assessments and received resounding positive responses from the community.” The Trades and Industry Division researched Outdoor Power/Recreational Vehicle Technology and Landscape Technology programs at other schools to develop curriculum and identified a group of people to serve on the advisory committee to adapt the program's content to meet the needs of both students and employers. The 10-month Outdoor Power/Recreational Vehicle Technology will be a technical-certificate program designed to prepare students for employment in the small engine or outdoor power equipment and recreational vehicle industries. This includes repairs to such equipment as lawn mowers, snow blowers, motorcycles, snowmobiles and jet skis. Landscape Technology will be an 10-month program designed to teach students the fundamentals of plant identification and plant problems, installing landscapes and turf grass maintenance for employment in landscape construction and maintenance. Program graduates receive a technical certificate. “These programs have promising job market outlooks,” Carlson said. “We've done our homework and now we're moving forward.” Both programs will be taught from the former Contractors Northwest, Inc. building across from the baseball fields on Ramsey, which is being rented by NIC. Instructors will be hired and equipment purchased to prepare the programs for enrollment in fall 2005. The Human Resources Assistant program was also added based upon the results on a regional needs assessment. The two-year program covers human resources fundamentals, office basics and includes a required internship. The program yields graduates associate's degrees and preparation for employment in human resources within a variety of professional areas. “This program is also great for small business owners who may not have the resources for their own human resources department, but still need to follow the same federal and state regulations for employees as do big corporations,” said NIC Business and Professional Programs Division Chair Judy Parker. Welding Technology was once offered on campus before it was eliminated in 2003 due to budget cuts. “The program was struggling at the time, but there have been a lot of people interested in the program since then and we're glad to offer it again this fall,” Carlson said. The welding program offers a nine-month technical certificate to students in the program who learn blueprint reading skills as well as four different welding processes. With the new program additions, NIC currently offers 70 programs, 31 of which are professional-technical programs. Enrollment is limited for the Welding Technology, Outdoor Power/Recreational Vehicle Technology and Landscape Technology programs. Those interested in enrolling in the new or other professional-technical programs can contact Professional-Technical Counselor Don Bjorn at (208) 769-3371, Professional-Technical Student Support Services Coordinator Pete Townsend at (208) 769-3468 or the NIC Admissions Office at (208) 769-3311.

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NIC Vice President of Instruction Jerry Gee, (208) 769-3305

Posted: Thursday, Jan. 20, 2005

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