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From the category archives: College, Coffee, & Careers

March 2018 College, Coffee & Careers

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."

Read the article here: https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2018/01/whats-college-good-for/546590/

March College, Careers, & Coffee

March's meeting included updates from North Idaho College's Career Services, Idaho Dept. of Labor "Reverse Job Fair," North Idaho Family Group, North Idaho STEM Charter Academy, Tesh, Inc., and more...







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Next meeting: April 4, 8:00 a.m.
Dept of Labor, Post Falls Office
600 N Thornton St.

College, Coffee, & Career - Feb 7, 2017 Meeting Notes

  • Department of Labor has hiring events each month on the 2nd Wednesday from 10am to noon.
    Cameron Cushing is a VISTA volunteer for the Inspiring Futures Program to expand the capacity for post-secondary success. He coordinates with schools in both Regions 1 & 2. He is currently exploring with KTEC the possibility of the students receiving access to the Workplace Excellence Series (soft skills training). He also recently promoted the series to Moscow High School. He will be promoted School-to-Registered Apprenticeship to Priest River, Lamana High School. The next schools he is visiting with are Troy and Mullan.
  • TRIO Educational Talent Search just took 27 high school students on a Tech Tour.  Amanda is taking students from the Post Falls Middle School on a field trip to the Mobius Science Center and touring Gonzaga as well as other locations in Spokane. They also hold monthly workshops for students discussing the vocabulary of college, such as letters of recommendation, ACT, SAT, etc. They have after-school study groups twice per week. They are planning a spring break road trip for 40 students (30 from PF and 10 from the Silver Valley) to the Oregon Coast where they will visit the Oregon Aquarium, Tillamook Cheese, and some colleges.
  • North Idaho Educate Idaho Partnership is creating a database for volunteers who are willing to assist students with career exploration. Volunteers are able to choose how they are involved such as being a speaker in a classroom talking about the industry they work in, or entertaining the idea of allowing a student to job shadow or intern at their place of work. The United Way is currently collecting and housing the volunteer information that will be provided to students and teachers once we obtain a good variety of individuals across various occupations/industries. http://www.unitedwayofnorthidaho.org/north-idaho-education-partnership-volunteer-form
  • PTECH – They are hoping to roll out more videos, such as this one: Buck The Quo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9QeucCbtrk. They have a revised Career Pathways map. Another fun tool they are using with students is a board game called Mama’s Basement. Stephanie will share the Career Map and game when she has PTECH’s approval to do so (soon).
  • Advanced Opportunities –The State Department of Ed. paid out 5.7 million dollars for dual credit activities last year and are expecting a large increase this year. There is legislation in place to increase the career and college advisor funds by another 40%.
  • TESH – Director, Frances Huffman is working to develop a new program for students with disabilities to have a place on the college campus. She is working with all of the local high schools to develop a transition program to bridge youth to adult life. She wants to model this program after Think College, a national program. A few of the partners she is working with include: North Idaho College, Voc. Rehab, Workplace Excellence, TRIO, and Project Search.
    Applications are being accepted right now for Project Search.
    Frances has started an Interagency Council for students with disabilities. That council includes representatives from Health and Welfare, Voc. Rehab, students, parents, and consumers. She is also putting on another summer work program for students with disabilities. She will place up to 40 students with local employers to receive 100 hours of paid work experience (more employers needed). The wages are paid by the grant. In addition, the students will receive 20 hours of soft skills training. Students must be between the ages of 16-21, have met the criteria of a person with a disability as defined by Voc. Rehab, and they have to be returning to or going on to some type of college.
  • North Idaho Family Group hosts the Ed Info website and the non-profit resources - http://edinfocentercda.com/. Shelly Zollman included information about the Workplace Excellence series in the most recent Family magazine to help promote the series being offered by North Idaho College and Idaho Department of Labor. http://workplaceexcellence.net/
  • North Idaho College
    They have a series of events in our community at the Kootenai County Libraries (see attached). They occur from 3 to 6 pm at each of the below listed libraries.

-          Rathdrum (Feb. 6)

-          Athol (Feb. 8)

-          Spirit Lake (Feb. 13)

-          Hayden (Feb. 22)

-          Post Falls (March 7)

 

They will also be hosting events at the Sandpoint and Silver Valley Outreach Centers on Feb. 14th and Feb. 15th respectively to provide more direct support to community members with career assessments, application completion support, financial aid completion, and transfer options to LCSC and UIdaho – Coeur d’Alene.

-          Sandpoint Outreach Center (Feb. 14)

-          Silver Valley Outreach Center (Feb. 15)

-          Bonners Ferry (Jan. 26 – has already passed)

 

In addition, you can find select programs highlighted at KROC Center tabling events the last Tuesday of each month from January through June.

 

For a full list of on campus events visit our calendar at http://www.nic.edu/visit

NIC Career Services Events Calendar

Event

Date

Time

Location

Scholarships

February 2, 2017, Thursday

9-1

Main Level Student Union

Conducting an Effective Job Search

March 22, 2017 Wednesday

3:30-5:00 p.m.

Harbor Center

Career Information for YOU at North Idaho College

April 4th, 2017 Tuesday

TBA

Student Union Building, Driftwood Bay

Career Information for YOU at North Idaho College

April 5th, 2017 Wednesday

TBA

Student Union Building, Driftwood Bay

NIC Info Night - Two Career Exploration Workshops + Table

April 11, 2017

Tuesday

4:00 to 6:30 p.m.

Edminster Student Union Building

Career Services Provides Job Fair Preparation Packets for IDOL Job Fair

April 19, 2017

Wednesday

10-2

Career Services Edminster Student Union

Career Market Idaho & National Career Development Day

November 15, 2017

Wednesday

11-2

Lake Coeur d’Alene Room, Student Union

 

Every Wednesday from 2-4 Walk-Ins – Career Services – Upper Level Student Union Building

Every Thursday from 11-1 – Career Services Cart - Main Level SUB (Edminster Student Union)

For more information on any of the above events, please check back on www.nic.edu/career

or call (208) 625-2364

 

NEXT MEETING is March 7th, 8am, Dept. of Labor – 600 N. Thornton Street, Post Falls.

 

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