NIC Workforce Training Center to celebrate 10th anniversary
The North Idaho College Workforce Training Center in Post Falls will celebrate its 10th anniversary Wednesday, Oct. 27 with an open house.
Community members are welcome to attend from 2 to 4 p.m. for refreshments and to learn about the offerings of the Workforce Training Center.
A short program will begin at 3 p.m. and will include comments from NIC Workforce Training Center Director Robert Ketchum, NIC President Michael Burke, NIC Vice President for Instruction Jerry Gee, Post Falls City Council President Scott Grant and Bob Potter, formerly of Jobs Plus.
The Workforce Training Center was dedicated on Oct. 27, 1994 in the Riverbend Commerce Park in Post Falls. Prior to that date, Workforce Training programs were offered by the college from the main campus in Coeur d'Alene, which was becoming increasingly more crowded.
Construction of the 22,000-square-foot facility was funded by the NIC Foundation. Two years after it was built, the Workforce Training Center underwent an expansion increasing the facility by 8,000 square feet on 14 acres in Post Falls.
Enrollment at the Workforce Training Center has grown from 6,560 in 1994 to 9,305 last year, an increase of nearly 42 percent.
Class offerings have doubled from 415 in 1994 to 830 this year.
“President Bush has described community colleges as the backbone of America's workforce development system,” Ketchum said. “NIC has acted to support that economic development role by committing to the operation of a leading workforce training program in Idaho.”
NIC Workforce Training Center offerings range from customized training programs for international Fortune 500 companies to line dancing and home ownership classes.
The Workforce Training Center provides community education, customized training and workforce development classes as well as classes taught through the Idaho Small Business Development Center and the Qualified Worker Retraining program.For More Information
NIC Assistant Vice President for Instruction and Workforce Training Center Director Robert Ketchum, (208) 769-3221Posted: Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2004