Staff Assembly Minutes

March 13, 2014
Echo Bay/Blue Creek Room, SUB
Call to Order: 12:00 p.m.

New Employee Introductions:

  • Marie Price, Director for WTC introduced April Kahabka, Account Technician/Operations Assistant
  • Rayelle Anderson, Development Director, introduced Lindsay Cole, Coordinator - Alumni Relations & Development and Olive Allison, PT Accountant/Bookkeeper.
  • Garry Stark introduced Ross Lee, Coordinator - Fleet Services


Guest Speaker:  Mike Weller – Program Coordinator - Wood Products Manufacturing
The new program started in January, and Mike wanted to thank everyone for helping him in his new role. NIC along with Potlatch, Stimson and Idaho Forest Group received a pilot grant to increase employment wages in north Idaho. The program will give students skills to further their employment. There are three programs so far, log scaling requires a certificate and with the aging employee population more scalers are needed. With the grant money a distributed hybrid course was created so employees could learn online and still work at the mills. The first class was 11 students. The companies have committed to raising the wages of the students by two dollars per hour. Each mill will provide an onsite trainer for on the job training. Each trainer goes through the same training to ensure all the students are learning the same skills.

The grant is for two years; our goal is to graduate 116 students. We now have to develop Industrial Control classes for employers which would teach students electrical along with programming. Any type of manufacturing could use these skill sets.

The saw filer’s certification is the other class. There are many types of filers, and it is also an aging population. There is not currently any certification programs available, so we will be the first in the nation. There are many filing groups, but most are social gatherings. We are hoping to pass our certification on to the Intermountain Saw Filing Association.
It is not just these three programs; we are here to fill a need for employers. We have two high schools involved, St. Maries has two mills but they are not able to hire graduates, so internships and classes may be set up.
The courses are developed for those already employed in the log industry, but open enrollment may be available for future classes.

Greda Gregson: Professional Clothing Drive
The Communication class is holding a drive to gather donation of professional clothing for students to wear to interviews. The boxes are in Boswell, Hedlund, Lee Hall and the SUB. If you have up-to-date professional clothes you no longer wear, please consider donating. Donations should be received by March 21st. Dress shoes are also needed.

Garry Stark —Levy update:
Next week the ad hoc will meet again, the trees are all tagged for logging. The trees are overcrowded and not healthy. It seems everyone understands the trees need to be cut down. There is still talk of widening the levy so cars can parallel park. The unsafe trees by the Children’s Center have been removed.

Matt Sebby—Meet and Confer:
We have made a recommendation to the president and President’s Cabinet. We are meeting with the president and Sara Garcia next Tuesday to get their response. We may then change our recommendation to match PCs so we are presenting one message to the board.

Carol Jones—Staff Achievement Awards:
Next week nominations will go out March 18. Please take the time to nominate your co-workers. The committee will make sure everyone is in the right category. The part time award has been changed to one year in current position, from three years. The other awards are Staff Excellence award, (in position for three years), Rising Star award, (six months to three years) and Outstanding Service to the Community (three years).

Senate Report—Matt Sebby
Senate is busy with policy updates. The guns on campus bill passed so coming up in the next couple of months the weapons policy will be re-written. Let your senators know if you have any input.

Board Meeting Report—Nancy Edwards
First reading on credit hour policy, committee policy and elimination of loyalty oath. Mike Mires proposed to temporary adapting Workforce Training Center to house CTE. Andy Finney presented on the cost to send boards meetings out live, this was tabled to next month. Second reading for credit for prior learning, revised Business Office and Facilities, and elimination of the Financial Aid policy. Celebrating Success with the Albertson’s Foundation Grant, and the moving of the athletic from SWAC to NWAACC, that was postponed until tonight at a special meeting at 5pm

Good of the Order:
Andy Finney:
All board meetings are available from the NIC/Board website approximately 24 hours after meetings.

Jessica Grantham:
The Sterling Silver needs your nominations, use the website to easily recognize co-worker

The MS Walk is coming up on campus April 26. It is a great event; it is a high prevalence disease in the Northwest. Let me know if you are interested. If you complete the 4 mile event it counts as a 5K Wellness incentive ($50)

Erin Norvell:
A Memory, A Monolog, A Rant and A Prayer, production will be coming to CDA in April. Posters will be up soon. It is similar to the Vagina Monologues. It is April 25th and 26th, readings from famous journalists, actors, and playwrights. There will be a silent and live auction. All proceeds go the North Idaho Violence Prevention Center. Kootenai County has one of the highest domestic violence rates in the country. It will be limited seating, please let me know if you are interested.

Garry Stark:
College Drive will be paved right after commencement. Please respond to the upcoming announcement in the NIC Now if you have any concerns about an event you are hosting and need access.


So many shouts this month!

Adjourned: 1:00 pm