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North Idaho Education Resources & Links

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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.org
    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 (CollegeBoard.org) 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.

Idaho Common Core Links

Idaho Homeschool Resources

Professional Tech (Career Tech/Trade)

Multiple Fields

Heavy Equipment Operators

  • WATCH FOR FUTURE DEADLINES: FREE training for Heavy Equipment Operators
    Participants in the Idaho course will be trained to operate a skid steer, backhoe, loader, excavator, mini-excavator, roller, haul-truck, dozer and forklift. They also will receive flagger certification, training in signaling and crane rigging, and safety and first aid skills.
    READ THE FULL ARTICLE (INCLUDING APPLICATION CONTACT INFO) AT SPOKESMAN.COM

Commercial Drivers License - Truck Driving

Beauty, Spa, Salon

Tech / STEM / STEAM

Massage

Idaho Professional Tech (Career Tech/Trade) Resources

  • Idaho PTECH Network
    The Idaho PTECH Network is a pilot program funded by the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation. Its mission is to bridge the gap between education and industry by providing students with the credentials and skills needed to secure well-paying jobs in Idaho’s high growth industries while giving businesses access to a qualified pipeline of employees.
  • Idaho Career-Technical Education (formerly Idaho Professional-Technical Education)
    NOTE: CTE Advanced OpportunitiesTE Advanced Opportunities, formerly known as Tech Prep, is one of the four advanced opportunities recognized by the State Board of Education, and links approved high school professional-technical programs to certificate and degree programs at a technical college. The Tech Prep Program is now referred to CTE Advanced Opportunities. Changes to policy now specify two options for high school students interested in professional-technical courses: Dual Credit – technical courses and Technical Competency Credit, formerly known as Tech Prep
  • Buck the Quo is a movement to help Idaho high school students reach their potential through post-high school learning and training
    The campaign includes a YouTube series where real people talk about real life after high school.
  • Career & Technical Educators of Idaho
  • Idaho Department of Labor Career Information System (CIS)
  • Idaho Professional-Technical Education Foundation

National Professional Tech (Career Tech/Trade) Resources

Teachers / Educators

Mentor Programs, Tutoring, & Homework Help

Kootenai County

  • CDA4Kids - Club240 After School Programs
  • Kroc Center After School Program
    The Kroc Center's free after school program is for members and nonmembers, and includes a healthy snack and organized activities for youth in grades 6–8. Free transportation is provided Monday through Friday from Lakes, Canfield, and Woodland Middle Schools to The Kroc Center. Students work on homework, projects or study skills while supervised by Kroc staff from 3–4pm.
  • Goodwill GoodGuides® is a national mentoring program for youth between the ages of 12 and 17 who want to learn about careers and prepare for success. The goal of the GoodGuides program is to equip youth to build career plans and learn skills to prepare for school completion, post-secondary training, and productive careers.
    MENTORS NEEDED! Peer mentors must be at least 16 years of age, and adult mentors must be 21 years of age or older. Since consistency is essential for successful mentoring relationships, a minimum of a one-year commitment is required.
    Contact Sherri Richardson, GoodGuides Youth Mentoring Program Manager at 509-444-4309 SherriR@giin.org
  • NIC Peer Tutoring Program (for NIC Students)
  • Coeur d'Alene Tutors by Subject (ILCUSA.org)

Bonner County

Regional/Statewide

  • TRiO Idaho
    US Dept of Education TRiO Programs (Educational Talent Search, Upward Bound, Upward Bound Math Science, Veteran’s Upward Bound, Student Support Services, Educational Opportunity Center and the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program) help students to overcome class, social, academic and cultural barriers to higher education. TRiO services include: assistance in choosing a college; tutoring; personal and financial counseling; career counseling; assistance in applying to college; workplace and college visits; special instruction in reading, writing, study skills and mathematics; assistance in applying for financial aid; and academic assistance in high school or assistance to reenter high school or college.
  • Strive for College
    Mentors volunteer to help high school students get in to college and pay for it.
  • Search for Tutors at Care.com
 

Idaho Education Links/Resources

Testing - SAT, ACT, AP, etc.

SATS & PSATs

  • What is College Board?
    College Board (www.collegeboard.com) is an organization that prepares and administers standardized tests that are used in college admission and placement, such as the PSAT, SAT, and also Advanced Placement (AP) testing. Students create accounts with College Board. (Parents can also create a Parent account, which is necessary for applying for the CSS/Financial Aid Profile when applying for Financial Aid to many schools. Go to our Pay for College page for more info.)

ACT

Free Practice Tools

  • https://www.khanacademy.org/test-prep
    Both CURRENT and NEW SAT practice tests, including four official practice exams from College Board.
  • EdReady
    A collaborative project between Idaho Distrance Learning Academy and local schools to prepare students to succeed on high stakes math tests.

    Other Standardized Testing

    Birth to Pre-K & Kindergarten Resources

    Licensing Requirements

    Is my child ready for Kindergarten?

    • Learn about United Way of North Idaho's Ready for Kindergarten Program
    • FREE Developmental Screening for 0-5 year old kids in Coeur d'Alene School District.
      These are free screenings for children who live in the Coeur d'Alene School District and are between the ages of 0 to 5 yrs old. The purpose is to provide parents with information regarding their child's development in: Speech & Language Skills, Gross/Fine Motor (Large & Small Muscle) Skills, Basic Academic Concepts, Vision & Hearing.

    North Idaho Head Start & Pre-K Programs

    Other Early Childhood Education Resources


    Learning & Reading Programs

    Youth Programs

    All Ages