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NIC’s 2010 Report to the Community released

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Faced with high enrollment and reduced funding challenges, North Idaho College delivered the quality education the community has come to expect, as detailed in its 2010 Report to the Community released this week.

          Faced with high enrollment and reduced funding challenges, North Idaho College delivered the quality education the community has come to expect, as detailed in its 2010 Report to the Community released this week. The report is an overview of the college’s accomplishments in a compilation of facts, figures, photos and stories. A link to the report is available on the college’s website at www.nic.edu.


            “Over the past several years, our staffing levels have not risen with the increase in enrollment; therefore, we truly have done more with less,” wrote NIC President Priscilla Bell in the report. “NIC’s faculty and staff have once again proven themselves to be among the best of the best.”


            To better meet student needs and lifestyles, NIC emphasized expanded and flexible scheduling in 2009-2010. More classes are now offered in the evenings, online and on Saturdays. This opened up sections to handle increased enrollment while providing students more scheduling opportunities. 


            “The faculty went above and beyond expectations to meet the enrollment challenge. Class sizes were voluntarily increased and almost every faculty member taught additional class sections,” Bell wrote.


            The expanded and flexible scheduling was such a success in 2009-2010 that it has become a hallmark of NIC’s strategy for the upcoming year. The “More classes. More options. More opportunities.” initiative was launched in July with students having over 150 Internet and hybrid courses to mix and match to meet their unique needs.




Quick facts from NIC’s 2010 Report to the Community:




           NIC posted a 16.5 percent increase in enrollment for fall 2009 with an increase of 803 students from the previous year’s enrollment of 4,856, bringing the total headcount for fall 2009 to a record 5,659.


           The workforce training center had a fall headcount of 7,895 students enrolled for non-credit.


           The vast majority of students, 89.2 percent, were from Idaho with 65.9 percent from Kootenai County.


           Of all the students, 37.9 percent (2,141 students) were either 19 years of age or younger. The 20-24 age bracket accounted for 24.7 percent (1,398 students) of the student body and 25.2 percent of all students (1,428) were in the 25-39 age bracket. The 40 years old and over category accounted for 16.2 percent of the student body.


           NIC added several new programs in 2009-2010, including Virtual Administrative Assistant, Interdisciplinary Studies, Fire Service Technology, Computer Applications and Business Leadership.


           NIC students received a host of honors in 2009-2010 including: a student selected as one of 250 nationwide for the first phase of the NASA Community College Aerospace Scholar program;  two students selected as Idaho Idea Network of Biomedical Research Excellence Fellows; the school newspaper, The Sentinel, taking home First Place for General Excellence in the two-year college newspapers division from the Associated Collegiate Press national convention as well as the top honor for a two-year school newspaper from both the National College Media Convention and Society of Professional Journalists  and eight students placed  at the Business Professionals of America National Leadership Conference, among the highlights.


           The former science building, Seiter Hall, underwent a $4.5 million renovation to update it and transform it into general classroom space.


           NIC continued its tradition of excellence in athletics with the wrestling team earning its 11th consecutive Region 18 tournament championship and finishing third in the nation; the women’s basketball team taking first at the Region 18 tournament and finishing eighth in the nation; the men’s basketball team finishing first in the Scenic West Athletic Conference (SWAC) for the second year in a row; and the volleyball team earning the SWAC co-championship.




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Stacy Hudson is the Public Information Coordinator for North Idaho College

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