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NIC Foundation awards $55,000 in grants

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The North Idaho College Foundation announced Monday the recipients of $55,000 in grant funds awarded this year through the NIC Foundation Grant Program, including several that will affect the NIC Ponderay Center.

The North Idaho College Foundation announced Monday the recipients of $55,000 in grant funds awarded this year through the NIC Foundation Grant Program.

Funded by gifts received throughout the year, the NIC Foundation has awarded $878,578 to fund 197 grants since the program’s inception in 1994.

Of the 26 grants submitted this year from NIC faculty, staff and student organizations, 14 grants were awarded. A committee of representatives from the Associated Students of NIC, Staff Assembly and Faculty Assembly, Student Services, Administrative Services, Instruction and the NIC Foundation chose the recipients based on each grant proposal’s relationship to the college’s strategic plan and its potential to advance the vision and mission of NIC.

The grant recipients are as follows:

           $1,138 to the Adult Basic Education Center to augment learning resources at the Ponderay Adult Basic Education Center through technology based skill challenges aimed at increasing student engagement in math and language skills.

           $5,000 to the Athletics Department and Physical Education Department as partial funding for a new, professional sound system for Christianson Gym, which is a central meeting point on campus and could be used to communicate to those visiting the gym. 

           $2,808 to the Biology Department for equipment to expand the use of data recorders, which are used in both laboratory and field settings to collect and analyze data.

           $7,000 to the Biology Department for a quanti-tray sealer to allow for integration of modern molecular techniques in microbiology classes and for undergraduate research.

           $4,000 to Career Services for the replacement of outdated books, periodicals, multi-media resources and other materials in the Career Services Library in an effort to provide the most relevant and current career and job search information.

           $2,323 to the Center for Educational Access as partial funding for the purchase of a laptop and projector for C-Print captioning for deaf and hard of hearing students. The funds will also facilitate remote captioning services to NIC’s outreach centers across North Idaho.

           $2,075 to the NIC Children’s Center for materials and equipment suitable for indoor play that will provide developmentally appropriate opportunities to children when inside play is necessary during the winter months.

           $2,299 to the College Skills Center for a campus-wide software license for the AccuTrack Computer Lab Plug-in, which will help track student use of computers and be used to help further meet student needs.

           $8,000 to the Collision Repair Technology program for the purchase of the Nova Verta vortex systems that will increase air flow in the spray booth of the lab to cut time between refinishing coats of paint.

           $5,826 to the Geology/Geography Department for interactive student response devises to upgrade existing “clickers” and maintain a standard system among the science programs in Seiter Hall.

           $3,000 to the Human Resources Office to establish a professional development library for staff and faculty’s personal and professional development.

           $4,285 to the Journalism Department for technology to help the award-winning program stay on top of the changing field of journalism. The grant includes digital recorders for reporters, an external hard drive for archiving past issues, four Mac Mini desktop computers and a camera.

           $1,671 to the Health Professions and Nursing Division to purchase Nursing Safety Net and Progression (SNAP) reference books and “StartRight… In Nursing School” to assist nursing students who are in danger of failure.

           $5,575 to the NIC Workforce Training Center to expand course offerings at the center in Post Falls through program equipment for the commercial driver’s license program, the emergency medical technician lab and the prometric testing center.

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Stacy Hudson is the Public Information Coordinator for North Idaho College

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