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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