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College Planning

Scholarship Opportunities for Adults

For Immediate Release                                                                    

July 31, 2018


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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.


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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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 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.

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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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Good News on the College Savings Front

"Since an annual tax deduction of up to $4,000 a year for individuals - $8,000 for married couples – was established in 2000 for contributions to Idaho’s IDeal college savings account program, tuition and fees at Idaho’s colleges and universities have gone up 189 percent, Rep. Caroline Nilsson Troy, R-Genesee, told the House today. So she’s proposing legislation to increase the tax deduction to up to $6,000 a year for individuals and $12,000 for married couples filing jointly."

For more info about ideal (idaho college savings program) >

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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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IDeal program allows tax deductible donations to pay for college

"Mary Altimus of Coeur d'Alene wants her children to go to graduate college without having to pay off student loans. She has been saving for their college since they were born.

When she heard about IDeal, the Idaho college savings program, she thought it was too good to be true. She easily navigated the online signup and now has a chunk of money deducted from her paycheck each month to fund her kids’ accounts."

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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!

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