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Chinese Language & Culture in CDA

The University of Idaho currently has two full-time faculty providing Mandarin language and culture classes to the Coeur d’Alene area. In addition, starting in January of 2019 they will partner with community organizations in Coeur d'Alene and Post Falls to provide more opportunities for youth to learn about Chinese Language and Culture.

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Scholarship Opportunities for Adults

For Immediate Release                                                                    

July 31, 2018


Contact: Mike Keckler

208-332-1591 (office)

208-866-5734 (cell)



Idahoans interested in finishing their college degree or career technical certificate can now apply online for the Idaho State Board of Education’s newly expanded Opportunity Scholarship.

The Board, in partnership with the Idaho Workforce Development Council, has launched a new Opportunity Scholarship website with useful information and a step-by-step process for applying for the scholarship.

“The Opportunity Scholarship has been great for Idaho and the Board is excited to be able to offer it to adults now too,” State Board President Dr. Linda Clark said.  “This new website has everything a person needs to submit their application smoothly and quickly in order to potentially receive the scholarship in time for the fall semester.”

Here’s a link to the new website:


Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter and Idaho lawmakers passed legislation earlier this year allowing up to 20 percent of the Opportunity Scholarship fund to be used for adult learners interested in resuming their education.  They also increased the annual appropriation by $3.5 million for a total of $13.5 million.

Applicants must have earned 24 credits or more before “stopping out” of college or a career technical program and they can return to school and attend class part-time or fulltime.  

Other requirements include:

·       Minimum GPA OF 2.7

·       Be an Idaho resident

·       Applicants must have “stopped out” for two years or more

·       Requires students to show progress in order to maintain eligibility

·       Award amounts are pro-rated based on credits enrolled in


The Opportunity Scholarship was launched in 2013 and several thousand Idaho students have used it to further their education.  Last year, 3,716 Idaho students received an Opportunity Scholarship.  The maximum award for a scholarship is $3,500 annually for up to four years.



Most financial literacy efforts in schools don't improve people's behavior later in life. That could be because we're focusing on the wrong things.

Trying to teach teenagers how to shop for a mortgage, for example, may be an exercise in futility. The information simply isn't relevant to them — yet. By the time they are ready to buy a home, the loans available and the rules surrounding them may have changed.

Instead, we should be teaching kids the habits that make savvy consumers. These four skills make a difference regardless of someone's circumstances or the economic climate:

Read Liz Weston's Article on >


School students without internet access at home - primarily those from low-income and rural communities - have to battle that inequity every day after school.

Education and technology experts call it the “homework gap.”

“This disconnect leads to dramatic – and unfortunate – effects on kids’ daily lives,” said John Branam, director of the 1Million Project, a national effort to provide devices and free high-speed internet access to 1 million students who need it. “Arguably the most profound effects, however, are felt by high school students, whose challenge to complete homework in safe, predictable and productive environments can have lifelong impacts on their ability to achieve their full potential.”

Now, a new satellite internet service is helping to bridge the “homework gap” for rural students.

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 School just isn’t the same as it was in the 1950s or 1980s, when assignments required paper and pencil and students toted stacks of textbooks from class to class.

Today, many assignments are completed on computers and submitted to teachers over the internet, Coeur d’Alene School District technology director Seth Deniston said Friday.

In recent curriculum adoption cycles, the district has opted for some digital curricula based on open source, digital textbooks, Deniston said. Digital textbooks provide the school district with less expensive, more relevant curricula that can be updated and customized by the school district, he said.

“More and more of our work is going to be digital,” Deniston predicted.

Read Judd Wilson's article at >

March 2018 College, Coffee & Careers

Post Falls Chamber Super Scholarship Raffle

We are well into our third year of the Super Scholarship Raffle program and are so grateful to the continued support of our Premier Sponsor, Greene Idaho Foundation, and our other underwriting sponsors.

Our 2016 Scholarship winner was Cody Jahns, who is attending NIC and just earned his CNA with the intention of transferring to Lewis Clark State College to continue his degree in nursing.

The 2017 Scholarship winner was Justin Lyon, who is attending the University of Idaho working towards his degree in medicine.

Who will be next? Only 1,000 $50 tickets will be sold for a chance to win a $25,000 college scholarship that can be used at University of Idaho. Lewis Clark State College, North Idaho College or a combination of the three schools.

More info:


Post Falls and Coeur d’Alene School District board members heard public input on a possible boundary realignment at a joint school board meeting here Monday. The special meeting gave community members the chance to speak to the idea, which the two district superintendents have discussed as a possible solution to a recurring problem. Over the past five years, the State Board of Education has heard seven different appeals by residents in the Lakeland, Coeur d’Alene, and Post Falls School Districts regarding which school districts their kids would attend, said Coeur d’Alene School District Interim Superintendent Stan Olson.

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Collision Program "Scrimmage"

Fender bender?

No problem. The next generation of the collision repair workforce will smooth it over for you.

"This is probably my favorite class I've ever had in school," said Coleton Kazmierczak, a Kootenai Technical Education Campus and Post Falls High School senior.

Coleton, an auto body collision repair student, showcased his refinishing finesse Friday during the Friendly SkillsUSA Scrimmage in the North Idaho College Parker Technical Education Center in Rathdrum.

"The competition is going pretty good," he said. "This whole week we’ve been reviewing."

He held up a bumper cover he worked on during one of the timed segments.

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The Salvation Army Kroc Center in Coeur d’Alene will award $10,000 in scholarships to worthy students this spring.

The Dr. Riggs Leadership Scholarship was created in 2013 by The Salvation Army Kroc Center Executive Staff and Advisory Board to honor Jack T. Riggs, M.D., for a lifetime of leadership excellence and to acknowledge and reward a high school senior for exhibiting leadership traits and capabilities.

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