Admissions Ambassadors

The Admissions Ambassador program provides prospective students with a North Idaho College Student perspective, assist the NIC Admissions Office with recruitment activities, and provides representatives of NIC to help create a sense of community among students, employees and visitors.

To be selected as an Admissions Ambassador is an honor and an excellent avenue for personal and professional growth. In addition to a full tuition and fee scholarship for the academic year, Admissions Ambassadors will receive valuable leadership development training, multiple networking opportunities, and many chances to enhance their overall college experience.

FAQ

Who are the Admissions Ambassadors?
Admissions Ambassadors are North Idaho College students who assist the Admissions Office with prospective students and applicant services.

What do Ambassadors offer?
Admissions Ambassadors offer a student perspective to prospective students during tours, campus events, instant messaging, and answering phones. They also participate in general office activities as needed.

Where is their office?
You can contact the Ambassadors in the Admissions Office. Each Ambassador holds office hours on a weekly basis.

When do they offer tours?
The Ambassadors have a set tour schedule that compliments their office hours each semester. We encourage you to schedule a visit at your convenience.

How can I become an Admissions Ambassador?
Beginning annually in March, the Admissions Office posts the application for Admissions Ambassadors on this website. We have five (5) Ambassadors at all times throughout the year.


Ambassador Bios

SteveAmbassador Steve VanHorn

  Hometown: Coeur d'Alene
  Where do you live now: Coeur d'Alene
  Year in School: Sophomore
  Expected degree or certificate at NIC:
  Associate of Science
  Major/program at NIC:
  Pre-Microbiology/Medical Terminology
  Expected graduation date: Spring 2016
 
Involvements at NIC:
Math & Biology Tutor, Admissions Ambassador
What made you decide to attend NIC? Having grown up in CDA, I have always had a deep appreciation for the role that NIC plays in our community. I attended NIC right out of High School in 1997 and attended for a semester where I was not a very dedicated student and I decided to take the proverbial “semester off” in 1998. 15 years later, I decided that it was time to come back to school and I knew that NIC would be the best choice for me. Not only is the tuition very reasonable, but I get to attend college while living in the town that I love.
How are you paying for your education? I paid for my first two semesters with the Pell Grant and a Student Loan and now I am receiving a scholarship by being an Admissions Ambassador and paying for my living expenses with the Pell Grant.
How easy was it for you to get involved at NIC? It was very easy for me to become involved at NIC, because I am at a point in my life where I have a strong desire to not only succeed in my education, but to help others succeed.
Why did you want to be an NIC Ambassador? I wanted to be able to help people see that it is entirely possible to return to college as an adult. Anyone who finds that they are not happy with what they do for a living has the power to change their circumstances; to find, to pursue, and to achieve their passions.
What things have you learned about NIC and its students by being an NIC Ambassador? Being honest, I have found that there are two types of students at NIC: those who work hard and strive to make a future for themselves, and those who are here for other reasons and are standing in the way of their own success. College is what you make of it. NIC provides a huge amount of resources to help students succeed; it is just a matter of taking it upon yourself to take advantage of them.
What do you like most about NIC? I like that the faculty at NIC has an overwhelming desire to help students succeed. There is free tutoring available, there are programs available for students with learning disabilities, the Writing Center is always available to help students with papers, there is an amazing 17 to 1 Student to Teacher ratio, and the list goes on and on. I truly believe that you will not find another Community College that is so invested in student success.
What would you tell someone who was considering attending NIC? I would say that you have to approach any education with a well-balanced mixture of study time and having fun. Too much of either and you won’t succeed. Also, I strongly suggest that you get to know your instructors from the very start of the semester. Take the time to see them during their office hours and introduce yourself. Having them know your name and what you expect to get out of their course can be instrumental to your success.
       

taliambassador Tali Nichols

  Age: 21
  Hometown: Coeur d'Alene
  Where do you live now: Coeur d'Alene
  Year in School: 2nd year
  Expected degree or certificate at NIC: 
  Associates
  Major/program at NIC: Elementary Education
  Expected graduation date: 2015/2016

Involvements at NIC:
Math Tutor, Admissions Ambassador
What made you decide to attend NIC? Being close to family was a determining factor. There is also the fact that the tuition is reasonable and the resources for students are great. NIC also has a great relationship with the University of Idaho, which is where I am planning on finishing my four-year degree at.
How are you paying for your education? First year I managed to receive a full Pell Grant which paid for my first year. This year I received partial Pell Grant and Student Loans, and now I receive a scholarship through the Admissions Ambassador program to help pay for my semester.
How easy was it for you to get involved at NIC? It was incredibly easy to become involved here at NIC. I was invited to join clubs and activates, and through those events made many friends. I also found that balancing free time with school time made the year go by enjoyably and efficiently.
Why did you want to be an NIC Ambassador? I have found that helping and communicating with others is a huge passion of mine. So being able to help others discover an amazing location to spend their time and schooling is considered a honor. As an Ambassador, I get at help others experience what this college has provided for me, and help them find the same.
What things have you learned about NIC and its students by being an NIC Ambassador? It’s important as a student to balance fun time with work time. When you find that balance, school just falls into place and becomes enjoyable.
What do you like most about NIC? The sense of community one receives while attending NIC is amazing. I have found that the staff, faculty, and students all want this to be an enjoyable time. They are here to help you succeed and grow.
What would you tell someone who was considering attending NIC? School may seem to be a drag at first, but it doesn't have to be. College is what you make of it. Finding time to enjoy life and school go hand in hand. NIC is here to enhance your learning experience. We are here to help you succeed!

 

Katie_Ambassador Katie Price

  Age: 28
  Hometown:  Shamong, New Jersey
  Where do you live now:  Coeur d’Alene, ID
  Year in School: My second Year
  Expected degree or certificate at NIC: Associates
  of Science, General Studies
  Major/program at NIC: General Studies
  Expected graduation date: Spring 2016

Involvements at NIC: Vice President of Phi Theta Kappa, Vice President of the Health Professions Club, and Admissions Ambassador
What made you decide to attend NIC? I decided to attend NIC because of its beautiful campus, its central location in the heart of Coeur d’Alene, and for the affordable rate to obtain academic success.  The cost is something that you cannot really beat anywhere else for the level of education that you receive. 
How are you paying for your education? Before becoming an Admissions Ambassador, I paid for college with Stafford Loans and the Pell Grant.
How easy was it for you to get involved at NIC? It was extremely easy to become involved at NIC.  I highly recommend getting involved in the clubs on campus, especially if there is something you are interested in. You do not just meet friends…you are learning and gaining experience that you can apply throughout your life and in your career.  Being involved in the clubs that I am apart of, has opened many doors to me and I have grown from them.
Why did you want to be an NIC Ambassador? I wanted to be an Admissions Ambassador, because I am truly inspired by and  passionate about North Idaho College.  I want to tell others why I love this school and why I think it is a perfect fit for everyone, no matter what you want to do or what your circumstances in life are.
What things have you learned about NIC and its students by being an NIC Ambassador? Every time I give a tour of our campus, I am reminded of the beauty of the campus and  the features that set our campus apart from other schools.  People are always taken aback at what this school has to offer and their reaction reminds me of how special it really is. Our students are fantastic because they work hard to achieve their goals.  I often see them  working together and helping each other.  It is a true community.   
What do you like most about NIC?  I love the teachers here at NIC.  Not only are they very qualified for the subjects in which  they teach, but they are also accessible.  Whenever I had a problem with a certain topic, I was always able to go to my teachers for help or tips.  I also love the feel of the school. There is definitely maturity and a push for success.  I wanted a school that challenged me but also guided me academically in the right direction and NIC is that school.
What would you tell someone who was considering attending NIC? This school is a great place to start your journey into whatever your goals may be.  It  could be a place to start your experience into a professional field or it can be a starting point to begin your education before transferring to a four-year school. If you want to obtain a BA or a BS, coming to NIC to gain an AS or AA can help you fulfill prerequisites and core requirements for those Universities so you end up paying much less for half of your education. The teachers and staff are extremely helpful in aiming you in the right direction.  They are professional and genuinely want you to succeed in your goals.  Many go the extra mile in helping you with anything you may be struggling with  or do not understand fully.  Take a look around campus, or take tour, I guarantee you   would not be disappointed with what you find here.
 

Tayler_Ambassador Tayler Paskett-Krause

  Age:19
  Hometown: Riverton, Wyoming
  Where do you live now: Coeur d’ Alene, Id.
  Year in School: Sophomore
  Expected degree or certificate at NIC: Associate of
  Science
  Major/program at NIC: Pre-Physical Therapy
  Expected graduation date: 2017


Involvements at NIC: Phi Theta Kappa, Health Professions Club, and Admissions Ambassador
What made you decide to attend NIC? I was really interested in playing soccer for NIC, which was a huge factor then after a few visits and getting to meet some of the people on campus I knew it was the right place for me. Also, you can’t EVER beat being able to have a beautiful beach right across the parking lot from campus.
How are you paying for your education? I am fortunate enough that most of my education is paid for by my parents and then also becoming an Admissions Ambassador has helped with my tuition.
How easy was it for you to get involved at NIC? It was very easy to get involved at NIC, paying soccer my freshmen year made it super easy but I highly recommend getting involved on campus, not only do you meet so many new people and make new friends but it’s also a great way to grow as a student.
Why did you want to be an NIC Ambassador? I wanted to be an Admissions Ambassador because I love meeting new people and also because of my first awesome experience at NIC. I wanted to be the first student to welcome and encourage anyone looking into coming to NIC because no matter what you want to do, or what field you are looking into there is literally something for everyone at NIC.
What things have you learned about NIC and its students by being an NIC Ambassador? One of the biggest things I have learned about NIC is that everyone is so supportive. Before coming to NIC I always thought that once you’re in college your kind of “on your own” and that’s the opposite of how my experience at NIC has been. Everyone supports everyone and I wasn’t really expecting that!
What do you like most about NIC? One thing I like about NIC would probably be just the positive, up-beat and encouraging atmosphere around campus. The second thing, of course, would be the beauty all year-round on campus.
What would you tell someone who was considering attending NIC? NIC has so much to offer and can get you ready for so many different career paths. We all agree that college is stressful, but everyone is here to help you succeed. Come visit the campus and take a tour to see what NIC has to offer for you. Go Cards!  

Tori Tickle  Tori Tickle 

   Hometown:  Ocean Shores, WA
   Where do you live now?  Post Falls, ID
   Expected Degree:  Associate of Science Degree
   Major/program at NIC:  Psychology and Social Work
   Expected Graduation Date:  Fall 2016
   Involvements at NIC:  Ambassador and Work Study

What made you decide to attend NIC?  The staff at north Idaho College.  Everyone I interacted with was just as excited as I was about my education goals and they all had excellent advice for the best way for me to meet those goals. The writing center was also a HUGE plus for me! I worried about all the papers that I would need to write after being out of school for 15 years! The writing center has been there to encourage me and help me grow with each paper! I love the Kootenai County and all the beauty it has in every season. North Idaho College has the perfect campus to capture this beauty!  I love that I can take a walk by the lake between classes to think over what was discussed in the last class.
How are you paying for your education?  My first two semesters I used finical aide, a scholarship, work study and a student loan to help with living as well as paying for school. By adding the ambassador scholarship I will not need to take out student loans!
How easy was it for you to get involved at NIC?  Why did you want to be an NIC Ambassador?  I did not find it hard to get involved in anything with NIC that I have had the time to do. All of the staff and professors are extremely encouraging and love to help out with students who are excited about their goals. I wanted to become an Ambassador to help other student learn about how much North Idaho College really has to offer them. I learn something new every day! I wanted to be able to encourage and help other single parents know that going back to school is possible!
What things have you learned about NIC and its students by being an NIC Ambassador?  I have discovered that if you work hard and get involved doors open up for you to make your education goals possible. I have discovered that the students who are in love with their goals and are working hard to reach those goals do well in their class and often times gain the respect of the staff. I have found that if you take the time to ask there is often more help then you knew possible for everything from struggling in a class to funding!
What do you like most about NIC? I hands down love the Staff at NIC! They will do everything they can to help you reach your goal! They get just as excited as you are about your goal!  If the person you are asking doesn’t know a way to help you they always have someone they can refer you to that may be able to help you.
What would you tell someone who is considering attending NIC? Hard work and dedication pays off! In my time at NIC I have seen instructors spend hours helping their students who are really putting in the hard work and dedication to doing their best! You don’t have to be the best at something as long as you study and participle in the classes most times it all clicks at the end of the course!