NIC welding students drop off surprise bike rack

Students from North Idaho College’s Welding program surprised NIC at Sandpoint Coordinator Mary Gustafik with a 15-foot, 500-pound bike rack Wednesday.

“I can’t wait to fill that up with bikes,” Gustafik said after the bike rack was placed into its new home at the center. Gustafik said she has wanted a decent bike rack for the center since last fall when the NIC at Sandpoint Center first opened, but it has been cost-prohibitive until now. Several NIC vice presidents and deans helped bring the rack up from Coeur d’Alene to surprise Gustafik in the parking lot of the center.

Cda Metals and Bay Shore Systems donated the material and NIC Welding Instructor Tim Straw’s students assembled the rack. This was one of several projects Straw’s students have been a part of this year that give back to the community. They have also made handrails, benches, grills/smokers, and metal signs for various organizations in North Idaho.

“It’s just a great way for the students to get real-world experience,” Straw said. “It turned out awesome.”



NIC at Sandpoint Center Coordinator Mary Gustafik checks out the new bike rack that NIC welding students surprised her with Wednesday, May 15. Welding students created the 15-foot, 500-pound rack out of donated materials.


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Posted: Wednesday, May 15, 2013

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