NIC program wins Postsecondary Training Program of the Year Award
The North Idaho College Business and Office Technology program was selected as this year’s first place Postsecondary Training Program of the Year by the Idaho Division of Professional-Technical Education.
The award recognizes programs with high standards for excellence in occupational preparation. The designation includes a $4,000 award to be used for program enhancement from the Idaho Division of Professional-Technical Education, which is the state program responsible for secondary, postsecondary and adult professional-technical programs delivered throughout all Idaho public school districts and the state’s six technical colleges.
“The five instructors in the Business and Office Technology program are richly deserving of this award,” said NIC Business and Professional Programs Division Chair Judy Parker. “They work hard to keep themselves current in the latest technology, software and trends in order to provide the best possible education for their students. I am so very proud of all of them.”
NIC’s Business and Office Technology Program offers both degree and certificate programs. Associate’s degree programs include Administrative Assistant, Paralegal, Medical Administrative Assistant, Medical Billing Specialist and Medical Transcriptionist. Certificate programs include Medical Office Transcriptionist, Medical Receptionist, Office Specialist/Receptionist and Office Technology. Students in the Legal Administrative Assistant program can choose between a technical certificate or an associate’s degree or both.
The Business and Office Technology Program at NIC has implemented active advisory committees composed of representatives that work in the industry to help guide the direction of the program to meet current workforce needs. In addition to offering traditional courses from campus, program courses are also offered in short-term sessions, in the evenings, online and in open-entry/open-exit formats to make the program more accessible to students.
A total of 259 students were enrolled in NIC’s Business and Office Technology program in 2004-2005, representing a 53 percent enrollment increase over the 169 students enrolled in 2000-2001. Last year, 87 percent of those students were successfully placed in related employment or additional training.
The program of the year award will be presented during the Professional-Technical Educators Summer Conference in Twin Falls, Idaho June 29. It is sponsored by the Idaho Division of Professional-Technical Education.
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NIC Business and Professional Programs Division Chair Judy Parker, (208) 769-7784Posted: Tuesday, May 23, 2006