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Idaho PTECH students awarded $8,000, plan to attend NIC

Four area high school students have been awarded nearly $8,000 from the North Idaho College Foundation Scholarship program, with all students planning to attend NIC. Two students are entering NIC’s Computer Information Technology program and two are entering its Aerospace program.

The four students participate in the Idaho PTECH Network, which is a pilot program funded by the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation. Its mission is to bridge the gap between education and industry by providing students with the credentials and skills needed to secure well-paying jobs in Idaho’s high growth industries while giving businesses access to a qualified pipeline of employees.

These students were not only among the first to join the PTECH program as seniors last fall, but are also the first to graduate. They spent their senior year taking online courses through NIC while benefitting from a personalized PTECH coach and experiential learning opportunities like employer tours, job shadows and internships. NIC was Idaho’s first college to develop a partnership with PTECH, and is helping – along with industry partners – to shape and develop the PTECH model. Receiving NIC Foundation scholarships for academic year 2014-15 are:

Nicole Vandenhouten, from Clark Fork High School: $2,745.
Brandon Lucas, from Idaho Distance Education Academy: $2,349.
James Soderberg, from Idaho Distance Education Academy: $1,382.
Angus Meredith, from Idaho Distance Education Academy: $1,423.