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The surprising thing Google learned about its employees — and what it means for today’s students

"The conventional wisdom about 21st century skills holds that students need to master the STEM subjects — science, technology, engineering and math — and learn to code as well because that’s where the jobs are. It turns out that is a gross simplification of what students need to know and be able to do, and some proof for that comes from a surprising source: Google."

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What is College Good for?

Amazing article from the Atlantic Magazine ...

"Lest I be misinterpreted, I emphatically affirm that education confers some marketable skills, namely literacy and numeracy. Nonetheless, I believe that signaling accounts for at least half of college’s financial reward, and probably more."

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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.”

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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.

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APPLICATION DUE APRIL 1~ FREE Heavy Equipment Certification Training

"Idahoans could get a major boost in their industry credentials with the Heavy Equipment Operator School this summer.

The Idaho Transportation Department received a grant to put 20 North Idaho residents through the program, where attendees will gain 11 certifications including a flagger certification, a forklift certification and a Heavy Equipment Operator Certification that is recognized by the Inland Northwest Associated General Contractors of America."

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Career Cruising Launched in CDA District #271

"Eighth-graders in the Coeur d’Alene School District got a glimpse of the future this week when they made four-year plans for high school.

The district has implemented the new Career Cruising Program that helps students create a plan for high school and post-graduation and connects their coursework with real opportunities in the future."

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Nov 16: Celebrate Career Development Day at North Idaho College

Celebrate Career Development Day November 16th!

Career Services staff will be available at a table in the lobby of the Student Union all day.

Stop by any time to Help Celebrate!

  1. Learn about career assessments and Career Services to help you Discover Your Purpose!
  2. Get answers to questions such as: What would I be good at? 

    What should I major in?  What can I do with my major? 
    Where will I get money to
    pay for college? 
    Where should I transfer?  How can I find a job?

  3. Students and NIC employees alike keep saying, “I had no idea you offered all of this!”  Come find out!!!
  4. Try out the Idaho Career Information System, explore free web resources, and enjoy treats and door prizes.

Please refer your students, come learn about our services yourself, and help celebrate quality career/life planning!  For information contact Gail Laferriere at Ext. 7700.

Students with career goals within their first year are 50% more likely to complete college!

FREE Soft Skills Training offered by North Idaho College, in partnership with Idaho Dept of Labor

FREE Soft Skills Training at North Idaho College ...

NIC, in partnership with Idaho Department of Labor, is offering FREE Soft Skills Training to serve youth, the unemployed, and incumbent workers. The curriculum, the Workplace Excellence Series, consists of ten, flexible modules designed to help people understand and deliver what employers demand today. Each module teaches the employer’s perspective, practical skills, and the “bottom line” on a key topic so participants can increase their company and career success. The modules can be used as stand-alone topics or a series.

Visit NIC's Career Services Page for more info
(The Workplace Excellence Series flyer is under "Quick Links" in the right column.)

The University of Idaho prepares graduates to assist special needs students.

"Kasandra Pendley already has her dream job.

Pendley is pursuing an Early Childhood Development and Special Education degree from the University of Idaho in Coeur d’Alene. She is working two part-time jobs to support herself through school, but she’s getting to work with special needs children in North Idaho as a critical piece of her education. ...

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