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.

Funded by gifts received throughout the year, the NIC Foundation has awarded $925,000 to fund 213 grants since the program’s inception in 1994.

Of the 27 grants submitted this year from NIC faculty, staff and student organizations, 16 grants were awarded. 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:

·     $2,860 to the Business and Professional Programs Division to implement an interactive learning system that will allow instructors to better engage students in the classroom through the use of instant, interactive technology.

·     $3,000 to the Business and Professional Programs Division for two used Crown Victoria patrol cars for the Law Enforcement program that will allow students to train on traffic scenarios using the same equipment used in the field.

·     $5,000 to the Carpentry program to manage and build an art studio for the NIC Children’s Center.

·     $2,000 to the Center for Educational Access to improve access for the deaf/hard of hearing with portable computers and instant messaging applications for key public reception points at NIC.

·     $1,600 to the Communications, Fine Arts and Humanities Division for recording technology to capture digital video of speeches and lectures for online courses.

·     $1,458 to Communications and Marketing for mobile tablets to implement innovative marketing and communications strategies in real-time with mobile applications.

·     $4,306 to eLearning and Outreach for a professional camcorder to provide video for various functions at NIC.

·     $8,151 to the Maintenance Mechanic/Millwright program for a pneumatics trainer that will allow students to work hands-on with fluid power technology used in the industry today.

·     $6,060 to the English and Modern Languages Division for a video/audio capturing system to augment American Sign Language (ASL) courses.

·     $1,350 to the Music Department for marimbas for the Zimbabwe ensemble class.

·     $3,000 to the Natural Sciences Division to create a virtual laboratory experience for students enrolled in the Physical Geology Laboratory online course.

·     $500 to Student/Diversity Events as partial funding for the Footsteps Program, which simulates environments to demonstrate and educate about times of social injustice.

·     $4,800 to the Physical Education Department for the implementation of video analysis software for comprehensive biomechanic instruction for PE classes.

·     $4,500 to the Registrar’s Office to increase access to career counseling for veterans.

·     $1,902 to the Resort/Recreation Management program and Outdoor Pursuits for audio-visual equipment for two new classrooms.

·     $4,513 to the NIC Workforce Training Center for equipment to expand the Nursing Assistant (CNA) course, the center’s most popular course.

For More Information
NIC Foundation Executive Director Rayelle Anderson, (208) 769-5978 or

Posted: Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011

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