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All Pro Dad program aims to get men more involved with kids' education experience

Sixth-grader Mykal Hernandez has entered Post Falls Middle School, but not without her father, Pablo, taking a firsthand interest in her life in the classroom.

Pablo was among nearly 100 dads, stepdads and guardians who, with their students, packed the school's library Monday morning for the kickoff of the middle school's new All Pro Dad program aimed at getting men more involved with kids' education experience.

"Mykal is starting middle school, so that's a huge step in her life," Pablo said. "I want to be a part of it. I want to know how to be a proactive and better dad. I want to be able to see what she she is doing. It's up to us as parents to be involved."

Read the full article at cdapress.com >>

October 3: Annual "All Things Senior" Event at Lake City High School

The annual "All Things Senior" event will be held at Lake City High School on Tuesday, October 3, 2017.

 

Representatives from over 2 dozen regional colleges plus the armed forces will be on hand to answer questions. 

In addition, the following workshops will be held during the evening:

  • College Admissions – Things to Know| Learn how to navigate the college admission process. Everything 
    you need to know about deadlines, requirements, essays, and more.
  • Financial Aid|  The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is one tool to help you cover tuition costs. Learn about how to complete the FAFSA and how schools utilize this information to package your financial award.
  • Scholarships|   Free money is only an essay away – learn where to find them, how to apply, and details on making your application stand out from the crowd.
  • Hiring Now|     Learn how to find a job in our local labor market as well as satisfying careers that require minimal to two years of training.
  • Senior Project| Learn about the requirements, rubric, and all the steps required to successfully complete your senior project. Teachers will be available to answer your specific questions.

KTEC Success Story

James Benson is a KTEC success story.



The teen received his high school diploma in 2016 from New Vision Alternative High School in Post Falls, but because he chose to spend half-days at KTEC — the Kootenai Technical Education Campus in Rathdrum — he left high school with much more. Benson graduated from New Vision with a construction industry-accepted carpentry certification and four college credits. He then went on to North Idaho College and graduated last spring from the college’s carpentry program. “Since then, I’ve already built three houses,” Benson said. “I’m starting my own business, and I’m a 19-year-old just fresh out of high school and college.”



Read the full story at cdapress.com >

Total Communication Preschool Classroom to serve deaf & hard-of-hearing children in Coeur d'Alene

Borah Elementary's lion pride has a new reason to be proud.

The school is the fifth location in the state, and the first in North Idaho, to offer a Total Communication preschool classroom that will serve deaf and hard-of-hearing children as they prepare for their educational futures. The preschool opens at the start of the 2017-18 school year.

"When I started the outreach position five years ago, one hope we had was to open up a preschool here in North Idaho," said Cortney Peters, who has been selected to teach the preschool. "I am very excited to be teaching these kiddos to provide a foundation for language and literacy for all children with hearing loss that attend the IESDB (Idaho Educational Services for the Deaf and the Blind) preschool."

Read the full article at cdapress.com >

Idaho students receive $12.8 million in UI scholarships

The University of Idaho announced it has awarded more than $12.8 million in scholarships to support more than 4,700 Idaho residents for the 2017-18 academic year.

For the upcoming year, UI awarded more than $25 million in scholarship support to more than 6,800 undergraduate students from 49 states.

Read the full article at cdapress.com > 

Idaho evaluates dual credit spending

Some Idaho high school students are getting a surprise when they get to college: Many of the dual-credit classes they took to get a jump on their higher education — paid for by taxpayer money — don’t count toward their majors or their required classes, or are even accepted at all.



For kids who go to state colleges and universities in Idaho, the classes they take in high school for college credit aren’t wasted, but sometimes they count only as lower-value elective classes.



Read full article at the IdahoStatesman.com >

"On-the-Spot" Education Grant available through CDA 2030

From Nicole Kahler, Project Manager | CDA 2030, Inc.

As a part of the Grow Your Mind: CDA 2030 Fourth Annual Celebration on July 20 (5:30-8:00 PM at Riverstone Park), CDA 2030 will be awarding The Coeur Group On-The-Spot grant for $1,500.

The grant is open to applicants in greater Coeur d’Alene who are committed to a bright future for greater Coeur d’Alene through the use of education and learning. Applications should showcase a proposal that will improve vitality and vibrancy of our region using education.

The grant is open to applicants in greater Coeur d’Alene who are committed to a bright future for greater Coeur d’Alene through the use of education and learning. Applications should showcase a proposal that will improve vitality and vibrancy of our region using education. Proposals may integrate a broad spectrum of education and training, promote educational programing, or encourage innovation and entrepreneurialism through education.  Creative proposals are encouraged.  Fast-track applications are due by July 12.

If you or someone you know has an invention, program, or project they’d like to share with the world, have them apply at www.cda2030.org/get-involved

Coeur d'Alene Chamber Honors Top Scholars, Awards 3 Scholarships

Three, $1000 scholarships were each provided by STCU, North Idaho Higher Education, and Coleman Engineering. Twenty-seven students, from five area high schools, competed for the scholarships through an application process which required a written essay about their plans for the future, grade point standing, references and a resume.

Scholarship Winners Revealed
Our Community is Proud of our Top 51 Scholars!
The Chamber's Annual Top Scholars Upbeat Breakfast on
Tuesday, April 11, 2017 went off without a hitch!
We would like to acknowledge our scholarship winners and give recognition to the fifty-one, top ranking, high school students who have done such an outstanding job throughout the school year. Thank you to our business sponsors who funded the breakfasts for the scholars.

Three, $1000 scholarships were each provided by STCU, North Idaho Higher Education and Coleman Engineering. Twenty-seven students, from five area high schools, competed for the scholarships through an application process which required a written essay about their plans for the future, grade point standing, references and a resume.

 
2017 Scholarship Recipients
Mason Magee and Lewis-Clark State College President, Rocky Owens. Mason was the North Idaho Consortium for Higher Education's scholarship recipient.
Mason is from Coeur d'Alene Charter Academy and headed to Baylor University on his career path to becoming a doctor, specializing in pediatrics. His family experiences, extensive volunteer work with Kootenai Health, and job shadowing at a pediatrician's office have all worked to solidify and grow his passion for the medical world. This combined with his successful entrepreneurial ventures with guitar lessons, music performances, and a landscape business, have made this young man into a future medical leader.
Paige Renaldo with Jim Coleman, President of Coleman Engineering. Paige Renaldo was the recipient of the scholarship sponsored by Coleman Engineering.
Paige is from Coeur d'Alene High School. She will start her post secondary education at the University of Arizona as she pursues her dream to do research for NASA, train to become an astronaut, and be the first person on Mars! She has began her training at NASA Ames Research Center in California at the end of her junior year of high school. She gained skills in leadership through employment,being a part of Miss Idaho Teen America, in student government, school clubs and volunteering in the community.
Mackenzie Janzen with STCU President, Tom Johnson. Mackenzie Janzen was the STCU scholarship recipient. Mackenzie is from Coeur d'Alene High School.
Mackenzie is planning to attend Washington State University on her career path to becoming a veterinarian for wildlife and/or exotic species of animals. She has prepared herself for this career through paid and volunteer work, and as a stable hand at the Post Falls Equestrian Center. Her hobby is equine hunter jumping. Her position at the Equestrian Center has provided her with a variety of experiences from cleaning stables to assisting in birthing and wound care, and a keen respect for large animals. She has prepared herself well for these aspirations.
OUR FIFTY-ONE TOP SCHOLARS
Venture High School
Jordan Fink-Rivera

Kootenai Bridge Academy
Savannah Barnhart

Coeur d'Alene Charter Academy
Allie Overoye
Abigail Sisco
Marisa Steinberg
Maya Burgess
Mason Magee
Coeur d'Alene High School
Jacklyn Adams
Matthew Averett
Braydon Butler
Anna Carleton
Lauren Carlsen
Abigail Childress
Malia Clark
Caitlin Conway
Kayla Fagan
McKenna Gilbert
Gregory Gravelle
Daniel Gunnerson
Madison Janzen
Mackenzie Janzen
Hannah Johnson
Justin Kofmehl
Tricia McCullugh
Paige Renaldo
Claire Richardson
Maysen Smith
Alex Walde
Jared White
Lake City High School
Caitlin Barber
Victoria Cafferty
Anna Drapeau
Matthew Duchow
Jax Dunham
Ella Erwin
Elizabeth James
Havana Johnson
Travis Kaufman
Jordan King
Hailey Konda
Paisley Larsen
Leah Maly
Jocie Osika
Emily R Parson
Jacob Reynolds
Ermina Sedy
Connor Shaw
Gunnar Stauning
Travis Swallow
Kaitlin Tabaracci
Andrew Womelduff
THANK YOU TO OUR BUSINESS AND INDIVIDUAL SPONSORS
AAA Insurance Agency
Architects West, Inc.
Avista
Benefits Exchange Northwest
Candle in the Woods
Caruso's Sandwiches and Artisan Pizza
CDA Real Life Ministries
Christian Youth Theater North Idaho
Coeur d Alene Education Partnership
Coeur d Alene Insurance
Columbia Bank
D.A. Davidson
Domino's


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Fire Artisan Pizza Coeur d'Alene
Gerber Collision 
Hagadone Digital
Idaho Forest Group
Kootenai County Democratic Central Committee
Kootenai Title
Lake City Rental
Northwest Realty Group
Northwest Specialty Hospital
Numerica
Orban Family Dental
P1FCU
Platinum Home Mortgage
Subway
The Art Spirit Gallery
The Well Read Moose
Wolf Lodge Steakhouse

INDIVIDUALS
Ben & Mary Wolfinger
Breigh & Eric Soles
Darin & Monique Hayes
Tim & Wanda Quinn

STAY CONNECTED:
The Coeur d'Alene Chamber of Commerce, 105 N. First St., Ste. 100, Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814
Sent by teree@cdachamber.com in collaboration with
Constant Contact

Source: Coeur d'Alene Chamber of Commerce Newsletter

Idahoans Say Education is #1 Priority

Education is Idaho’s top priority. 

That’s according to a new statewide survey called “The People’s Perspective,” conducted by the New York-based Farkas Duffet Research Group and facilitated by Idaho Education News. 

The survey polled 1,004 Idahoans in the fall of 2016 and weighed education against the environment and the economy. 

In Idaho’s case, education won out — something that’s not typical. “Usually the economy is ranked first in importance,” said Steve Farkas of the Farkas Duffet Research Group. “Education is usually in the top three, but the economy usually rates the highest.”

Read the full article on idahoednews.org >>

Innovative School Planned for Post Falls

A private middle school is the next planned step for the former Crossroads dance studio on Highway 41 in Post Falls.

Alyssa Pukkila purchased the property and is planning to open Wired 2 Learn Academy this fall with up to 36 students. "The school will offer a unique environment focused on collaboration and communication in which teachers will act as learning coaches for students' growth in critical-thinking and problem-solving skills," Pukkila said.

She said learning will be project-based rather than in a traditional classroom setting. Students will not be separated by grade.

Read the full article at CDAPress.com >

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