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From the category archives: College & Career Planning

News and information about college and career planning in North Idaho.

Specialized Opportunities

Coeur d'Alene Police Explorers Program

The Explorer Program is a division of the Boy Scouts of America and is sponsored by Coeur d’Alene Police Department. The program is designed for young people who may be interested in a career in law enforcement.  Some of the services that Explorers provide are assisting at community functions and traffic direction. Applications are accepted in July & August.

Coeur d'Alene Fire Department Cadet Program

The CDAFD Cadet Program is aimed at preparing the next generation of Firefighters. The Fire Cadet program is aimed at high school seniors who may be interested in a career in public safety. Applications are accepted each prior to each semester.


College / Career Planning

We've compiled a list of answers to some of the most common questions for students (or parents of students) who are nearing graduation.

Graduation Requirements

Applying to College

  • Direct Admissions -- What is it, why it's important, and what to do next
    In August 2015, the Idaho State Board of Education approved a new admissions initiative to provide more Idaho students with the opportunity to obtain a postsecondary certificate or degree. The initiative, called Direct Admissions, proactively admits Idaho public high school seniors to the state’s public higher education institutions based on each student’s grade point average (GPA) and college entrance exam score
  • The Common Application ("Common App")
    College application system comprised of more than 600 Member colleges. Students can create a profile, search & track colleges, and apply directly to institutions.
  • Next Steps Idaho - Apply to School Resources
    College Application Week, Preparing for College Campus Visits, Admissions Tracker, Sample High School Resume, Tips for Getting Great Letters of Recommendation, and more information.

College Planning

  • Idaho Career Information System (CIS)
    Providing comprehensive career information, resources and services to help you make successful education and career decisions.
  • North Idaho Higher Education Page is currently showing as expired, so try their Facebook page.
    North Idaho Higher Education can help launch a career in North Idaho.
  • Next Steps Idaho
    Idaho State Board of Education website with the goal to get every student in the state ready for life beyond high school. Includes checklists, financial aid quick links, College application information, college and career planning, and more.
    IDTransfer is a website developed by Idaho public and community colleges and state universities to help students learn what credits will transfer. Links at the bottom of the page link to Transfer information for various North Idaho schools.
  • Big Future by The College Board (National)
    College Board ( is an organization that prepares and administers standardized tests that are used in college admission and placement. Their Big Future site goes beyond just the testing and provides guidance on all aspects of preparing for college including finding schools, exploring careers, paying for college, etc.
  • GEAR UP Idaho
    A federal grant program designed to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. The program is currently in use in Bonners Ferry, Clark Fork, Priest River, Kellogg, and Plummer in North Idaho.
  • Junior Achievement
    Volunteer-delivered, kindergarten-12th grade programs that foster work-readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills, and use experiential learning to inspire students to dream big and reach their potential.