North Idaho College will hold two graduation ceremonies Tuesday, June 5 that aren’t regularly slated on its annual calendar, but were born from needs in the community.
At 7 p.m. in the NIC Silver Valley Center in Kellogg, 11 miners who were laid off when the Lucky Friday Mine was shut down last year will celebrate graduating from an NIC welding program customized for the laid-off workers. The miners were funded through the Department of Labor Dislocated Worker program after NIC determined that welding would give the miners a bankable skill when reapplying for work after the mine reopened as well as general employment marketability. The 160-hour training course designed by NIC’s Workforce Training Center provides the miners with certifications in several types of welding.
Also celebrating a graduation ceremony on Tuesday, June 5 are 18 graduates of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 2012 Coeur d’Alene Basin Superfund Job Training Initiative. This graduation at 6 p.m. in the Steelworkers Hall in Kellogg is also the first of its kind. NIC’s Workforce Training Center worked with the EPA to develop the program, which provided training and certification to workers for the cleanup of the Coeur d’Alene Basin Superfund Site. Local experts were hired to train and certify in areas such as Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response, flagging, and CPR/first aid.
The media is invited to both graduations.