Through a special partnership between the North Idaho Manufacturing Consortium and the North Idaho College Foundation, a new “Trades and Industry Scholarship Fund” has been established for new NIC students. NIMC and the NIC Foundation have launched a fundraising campaign to provide the scholarship dollars. The cooperative effort is designed to reach out to high school and non-traditional students to encourage them to consider education and training in NIC’s trades and industry programs.
“We have an opportunity to show the college and community working hand in hand.” said Ron Nilson, President of the North Idaho Manufacturing Consortium and President and CEO of Ground Force Manufacturing. “There are good jobs waiting for trained, educated workers in the region.”
These scholarship funds are specifically targeting potential students who might not otherwise have the opportunity to attend NIC, as well as educate them about the potential of a career in trades and industry.
The Foundation and Consortium have launched their collaborative fundraising efforts to secure a minimum of $30,000 by May 31 will make funds available for students wishing to attend North Idaho College next fall. The collective goal is to exceed that amount and build a multi-year commitment from supporters.
Both organizations are asking donors consider a gift to this very real need, as the students who complete the programs will be great employee prospects, Nilson noted.
“These funds and the awareness that additional money is available to those wishing to pursue a future in the trades and industry professions will hopefully encourage more students to apply to pursue their dream of a better future,” said Rayelle Anderson, executive director of the NIC Foundation.
The scholarships are available for all trades and industry programs offered through NIC College including apprenticeship programs. Students entering the following programs may be eligible for the Trades and Industry Scholarship:
Automotive Technology; Carpentry; Carpentry Management Technology; Collision Repair Technology; Diesel Technology; Drafting and Design Technology; Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration; Landscape Technology; Machine Technology; Maintenance Mechanic/Millwright; Outdoor Power/Recreational Vehicle Technology; Welding Technology; and apprenticeships in electrical, plumbing, sheet metal.
We are pleased with the two way communications with NIC,” said Nilson. “We don’t want our brightest and best young people to continue to leave the area seeking employment. They can stay here, get training, work and make a good living.”
To make a tax-deductible contribution to the “Trades and Industry Scholarship Fund,” mail your gift to the NIC Foundation, 1000 West Garden Avenue, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho 83814, or call the Foundation at (208) 769-5978 for more information.