NIC Workforce Training Center sets new enrollment record; up nearly 6 percent

North Idaho College’s Workforce Training Center posted a 5.9 percent increase in enrollment for fiscal year 2006.
“This increase is indicative of how robust our local economy is and how responsive NIC is to the needs of local employers,” said NIC President Michael Burke. “The Workforce Training Center is once again reaching new heights by meeting the training needs in the region.”
This year’s duplicated enrollment of 13,550 surpassed the 12,795 posted in 2005, which were the highest enrollments the Post Falls-based Workforce Training Center had reached since hitting 9,718 in 2000. Duplicated enrollments are those in which the total number of students in all classes is counted, rather than the total number of individuals taking those classes.
The Workforce Training Center’s unduplicated count rose 5.7 percent from 6,926 in 2005 to 7,319.
“The region’s strong economy of the past few years has created an environment in which both companies and individuals have been seeking new skills and knowledge in order to remain competitive and thrive,” said NIC Assistant Vice President for Instruction and Workforce Training Center Director Robert Ketchum. “North Idaho College and its Workforce Training Center have sought to respond to this demand, and these enrollment numbers reflect that effort.”
In the past five years, the Workforce Training Center’s duplicated enrollment has grown 79.6 percent from 7,546. This reflects the area’s growth and the center’s efficiency at meeting the changing needs of both the citizens and the business community, according to Ketchum.
NIC’s Workforce Training Center offerings include workforce development, customized training, the Qualified Worker Retraining Program and the Idaho Small Business Development Center. All areas experienced growth, including the expanding apprenticeship program and community education.
The NIC Workforce Training Center was established at the Riverbend Commerce Park in Post Falls in 1996. Some programs were already operating from NIC’s main campus in Coeur d’Alene and others were initiated after the move. In those 10 years, enrollments at the NIC Workforce Training Center have grown nearly 200 percent, from 4,628 in 1996.

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NIC Assistant Vice President for Instruction and Workforce Training Director Robert Ketchum, (208) 769-3221

Posted: Thursday, July 6, 2006

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