The community is invited to come celebrate with North Idaho College the opening of a new Aerospace Center for excellence at a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 7 at 1845 Dakota Avenue in Hayden. Gov. Butch Otter and NIC President Joe Dunlap will speak at the event, which is free and open to the public. The center will be open for tours from 9 to 11:30 a.m.
With nearly $3 million in federal grant money that NIC received in fall 2012, NIC opened classes at the center this fall – less than a year since the grant was awarded.
NIC is the only college in Idaho to receive grant funding from the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training initiative, which was designed to promote skills development and employment opportunities with an emphasis on veterans and displaced workers. The core curriculum is in the areas of general aviation, airframe composites and non-destructive testing, as well an expansion of NIC’s current machining program.
The public is encouraged to attend. Refreshments will be served by NIC Culinary Arts students.