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The Importance of Building Talent Pipelines

"Idaho has a problem. Simply spending money in education, if it works, will not show an economic return for at least 10 years, maybe longer, and we can’t wait that long.

Month after month, over 5,000 high paying Idaho jobs remain unfilled, numerous Idaho companies have suspended growth and major construction projects are literally on hold, all for one reason. They can’t find enough talent.

At the same time, the Wall Street Journal recently declared “Companies Flock to Cities With Top Talent” reminding us other states are ahead and luring the economic growth we envy. Idaho’s problem is the demand for talent is not on the horizon, not 10 years away, but is here right now.

The solution – we need to change our paradigm and focus on building specific talent pipelines. Talent pipelines are education channels, designed to train specific skills to meet a known need in the economy. Accelerating talent pipelines is a deliberate effort to prepare our kids, and adults, faster than traditional education pathways, for high paying jobs we know exist today."

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Relief from School Fees for Idaho Parents

... School districts across Idaho are tossing class fees and shortening school supply lists in response to a November district court ruling that class fees are unconstitutional. ...

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University of Idaho, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho: Computer Science/Information Technology Survey

This survey will assist the University of Idaho, Coeur d'Alene in designing computer science and information technology educational programs to best meet the needs of future students.

Thank you for taking the time to respond to the following seven questions. We appreciate your time. Please feel free to contact me with any additional comments.

Karen Thurston

University of Idaho, Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814

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Hard of hearing preschool planned in Cd’A

"North Idaho’s early learners who are deaf and hard of hearing will likely receive additional local educational support next year.

The Idaho Bureau of Educational Services for the Deaf and Blind is preparing to open a Total Communication classroom for preschoolers, the first in North Idaho, and plans are in the works for it to be hosted by the Coeur d’Alene School District. ...

... The classroom in Coeur d’Alene will serve children from throughout Idaho’s Region 1 which comprises the state’s five northern counties. Each school district will be responsible for their students’ expenses and transportation to Coeur d’Alene.

The IESDB serves children from birth through age 21. However, according to the organization’s administrator, Brian Darcy, 90 percent of deaf children are born to hearing parents, which means those hard of hearing kids are usually identified a little later. ... "

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Free College Financial Planning Night


Please join us for a FREE Educational College Financial Planning workshop for high school sophomores, juniors and seniors and their

We’ll discuss the FAFSA form and all the information you need to maximize the financial aid you are eligible to receive! There are new FAFSA timelines that your family needs to be aware of! Even if your family is not eligible for need-based aid, we will cover the best strategies to pay for college on the most tax efficient basis, without putting a strain on the rest of your finances .

In this workshop, you will learn:

  • How to increase your tax deductions and tax credits.
  • How to pick colleges that will give you the best financial aid packages.
  • How to send your child to an expensive private university for less than a state school.
  • Which assets are taken into consideration when the U.S. Department of Education calculates your Family Contribution.
  • How to pay for college in a failing economy without relying on 529 plans, expensive private student loans or raiding your retirement accounts.
  • How to get ahead by developing a customized plan to meet all the college costs you will incur as a family.
  • How to lower your “out-of-pocket” costs and get the maximum amount of money from each school.


Hayden Lake Charter School - District Weighs Options

The Coeur d’Alene School District is looking at three options for the focus of the Hayden Lake Magnet School.

The district is looking to use a currently vacant elementary school building at the corner of Government Way and Hayden Avenue as the campus for a new magnet school. The Coeur d'Alene School District and Board of Trustees called for proposals for the new school from staff, parents and community members this spring. After going through all the proposals, the district narrowed them down to four options. ...

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Help Build ReadyRosie in the Coeur d'Alene & Hayden Communities

Hello Community partners!

We’re excited to invite you to partner with us to bring ReadyRosie to the Coeur d’Alene & Hayden communities! As a reminder on August 17th from 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. @ the Community Library Network at Hayden (8385 N Government Way, Hayden Lake, ID 83835) we will be meeting with other area daycares, educators, organizations, and citizens excited about early childhood education to learn more about the program, understand the research behind it, and work together to develop an implementation plan for the Coeur d’Alene & Hayden communities to “get the word out.”

To remind you about what ReadyRosie is . . . This parent engagement tool reaches parents directly through their cell phones / other technology. Based on Early Childhood standards, ReadyRosie focuses on building reading and numeracy skills for children starting at birth! Check out the demo at

More information:

Anna Wilson, Director of Title Programs Coeur d’Alene School District

FREE TICKETS to Think Big Festival for High School & College Students

*** University of Idaho is providing FREE TICKETS ($225 Value) for the THINK BIG FESTIVAL for High School & College STUDENTS ***

From Innovation Collective:
"We are gearing up for the Think Big festival this August 26-27, and wow, is it going to be great! Drone racing, world class speakers, self driving cars and amazing people! Come join over one thousand others for the festival as we make an effort to empower our local communities.

We also have an incredible opportunity this year to provide a special offer to any high school or college student interested in attending the festival.

The University of Idaho has purchased tickets from Innovation Collective for the first 60 students that would like to attend the festival free of charge. This is an amazing opportunity for the future entrepreneurs in our community to attend the festival at no cost to them and be exposed to cutting edge technology being used today. Tell your kids, your nieces, nephews, neighbors, your barber and butcher that University of Idaho is paving the way for a great future!"


** Use the PROMO CODE ThankUofI for the free STUDENT tickets. **

Fall Parenting Classes - ICARE

Parenting the Love and Logic Way 
Tuesday’s Aug 23 & 30,2016 
(Attend both classes)
Time: 6:00-9:00 pm  
Church of the Nazarene 
4000 N. 4th St. Coeur d’Alene 
 Cost: $50 Includes parent workbook

Date: Wednesdays, September 7- December 7, 2016 (no class November 23rd) 
Time: 6:30-8:30 pm 
Place: 180 Living Building 1323 E. Sherman Ave. CDA 
Cost: $110 
Advance signup required! 208-676-1515 Or email:

Nurturing Skills For Families
Date: September 13 -November 29, 2016 
Time: Tuesday evenings, 
5:30-7:00 PM 
Place: Community United Methodist Church 1470 W. Hanley Ave, Coeur d’Alene

Cost: $100

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Lake City Public Library Closed Aug. 1-14

COEUR d’ALENE – Lake City Public Library (LCPL) will be closed Aug. 1-14 due to school district maintenance.

Located within the Lake City High School library at 6101 Ramsey Rd., LCPL has its own collection of books, computers for public use, and public Wi-Fi___33. The branch can be designated to receive items placed on hold from any library in the Cooperative Information Network.

LCPL has extended summer hours until school resumes. Hours are Mondays and Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Tuesdays, 1-5 p.m.; and Thursdays, 1-7 p.m.

After the closure children’s programs will resume at LCPL including LEGO Club, Tuesdays at 10 a.m., and Storytime (geared for preschool and younger school-aged children), Wednesdays at 10 a.m.

School-year hours are Monday through Thursday, 3-6:30 p.m.

The phone number at LCPL is 208-763-0814, its website is; and its e-mail is The Branch Manager is JD Smithson.

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