Foundation Grant Program


The North Idaho College Foundation Board of Directors is proud to be able to fund the NIC Foundation Grant Program for the 20th consecutive year. Charitable dollars raised by the Foundation each year provide the resources to fund this grant program. Including this year's awards, the NIC Foundation has made available $1,043,959 in grant funding for 245 grants since the inception of the grant program in 1994.

The 2013-14 grant recipients were determined by a committee consisting of representatives from ASNIC, Staff Assembly, Faculty Assembly, Student Services, Instruction, and the NIC Foundation Board of Directors. The Foundation extends much gratitude to the NIC students, staff, and faculty who went above and beyond by submitting a grant request.

In addition, the Foundation would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the donors who contributed this past year to ensure the grant program is funded.

The Foundation was pleased to fund the following 16 grants totaling $55,000:

· Athletics Department submitted by Al Williams (partial funding of $1,850). Purchase of one portable defibrillator to provide a safe environment for students and allow PE instructors, coaches and athletic trainers to utilize the defibrillator when away from Christianson Gym.

· Business and Professional Programs, Business Administration, submitted by Ted Tedmon and Casey Wilhelm (partial funding of $1,300). Purchase of additional “clickers” to enhance the existing interactive learning system that promotes student engagement and participation within the classroom.

· Business and Professional Programs Division, Culinary Arts, submitted by Richard Schultz ($6,893). Partnering with Kootenai Environmental Alliance to continue development within the on-campus community garden. This will allow Culinary Arts students to learn about growing herbs, vegetables and provide a hands-on teaching opportunity.

· Communications, Fine Arts and Humanities Division submitted by Michael Horswill (partial funding of $2,563). Funds will develop a sculpture park within the “Gathering Garden” on campus. Each semester art students will provide sculptures and two-dimension work that will serve as a rotating exhibit.

· Communications, Fine Arts and Humanities Division submitted by Gerard Mathes and Max Mendez ($3,702). Purchase of an iPad, digital mixer, microphones, cables and stands for a recording booth in the music department. This equipment provides controlled sound spaces for recording and enhances capabilities of the existing equipment.

· Trades & Industry, Diesel Technology submitted by Lonnie Raaum (partial funding of $2,700). Purchase of one Hydra-check test kit that will give Diesel Technology students hands-on experience with up-to-date technology, which will better prepare them to enter the workforce.

· Dual Credit Program submitted by Ginger Winckler, Kassie Silvas, Thomas Scott, Steve Ruppel (partial funding of $3,992). Purchase of headsets to implement NIC Live – a new, hybrid system of delivering distance classes within the Dual Credit program and at the Outreach Centers.

· Institutional Effectiveness submitted by Ann Lewis, Kylene Lloyd, Mindy Patterson, Shannon Goodrich and Lucy Hein ($2,500). Funding for a workshop by Martin Klubeck, an expert in the field of practical metrics. Workshop will be open to the college as well as the external community and will focus on Story Metrics for improving organizational results, collaboration, and continuous improvement (Project C³ Blueprint!).

· Information Technology Services submitted by Donna Patterson (partial funding of $2,255). Funds will provide three faculty members from different disciplines the opportunity to explore the use of mobile devices in their classrooms.

· Law Enforcement Academy, submitted by Michael Berg ($3,145). Purchase of twenty-five electronic hearing protectors and a Wireless Range Hailer that will allow Master Firearms Training Officers to more effectively communicate with Basic Patrol Academy students and increase safety during firearm training.

· Natural Sciences Department submitted by Dr. Ingrid Fruth and Rhena Cooper ($2,186). Purchase of equipment to expand the microbiology curriculum. Funding will provide student researchers a hands-on experience within the molecular biology program.

· Resource Management submitted by Carol Jones (partial funding of $4,000). Funding will provide hazardous material training for NIC Security and Facilities Operations personnel to enhance NIC emergency preparedness.

· Workforce Training Center submitted by Marie Price and Dave McRae ($5,010). Funding for a portable shed to house protective equipment used by the Firefighter Academy students. Funds will also be used to purchase fire protection gloves and boots for use by participants.

· Campus Security submitted by Alex Harris and Garry Stark ($1,109). Purchase and develop signs that will be placed in classrooms with emergency information to better support crisis readiness.

· Social and Behavioral Sciences Division submitted by Kathy Lewis and Carol Lindsay ($3,300). Funding will provide recruiting and marketing materials to promote the American Indian Studies Program.

· Trades & Industry, Collision Repair, submitted by Calvin DeHaas ($8,495). Purchase of a Smart MIG (Metal Inert Gas) Pulse Welder which will provide Auto Collision Repair students the opportunity to train with new industry technology.