P2-CTEBuildingHeaderAmid the quiet agricultural fields on the Rathdrum Prairie, a new 110,000-square-foot facility is being built that will open the doors of opportunity to hundreds of students interested in career and technical training programs this fall.

The North Idaho College Career and Technical Education Facility is under construction on Lancaster Road, next to the Kootenai Technical Education Campus. The facility is projected to be completed this summer, in preparation for the start of Fall Semester in August 2016.

The facility includes large labs for each of the programs in the facility, equipped with state-of-the-art technology to ensure that students are trained to industry standards. Labs and classrooms are lit by natural light through walls of windows and the facility includes numerous learning spaces for students to study and collaborate. High bay doors allow for large projects to enter the facility and be moved by a hydraulic crane. And that’s just a few of the highlights of this modern career and technical education training facility.

“This new facility was designed to shake off the stigma of dark, dingy labs and modernize the facilities used to train students to match the highly technical industry standards today,” said NIC Vice President for Finance and Business Affairs Chris Martin.

The new facility will not only update lab spaces that had not changed in 40 years, it will also increase capacity for training students.

NIC’s industry partners have indicated their need for an increased skilled workforce. The new NIC Career and Technical Education Facility will double capacity in many of the programs moving to the new facility, helping to meet the workforce demand.

“Having new equipment to train on at the NIC Career and Technical Education Facility will be extremely beneficial to students. My education at NIC gave me the foundation upon which to start my career and prepared me for what to expect in this ever-changing industry.” - Garrett Powell Diesel Technology program graduate, Western States Caterpillar employee

“Having new equipment to train on at the NIC Career and Technical Education Facility will be extremely beneficial to students. My education at NIC gave me the foundation upon which to start my career and prepared me for what to expect in this ever-changing industry.”
– Garrett Powell
Diesel Technology program graduate, Western States Caterpillar employee

If you are interested in any of the programs offered at the NIC Career and Technical Education Facility, call (208) 769-3448 or visit www.nic.edu/tech for more information.

Construction of a new Career and Technical Education Facility will ensure that regional workforce demands for qualified employees will continue to be met by North Idaho College. The following programs will move to the new facility:

Automotive Technology

At NIC: The program is designed to prepare students for employment as entry-level technicians in the automotive repair industry. The North Idaho College Automotive Technology program is NATEF certified and is taught by ASE Master Technicians.
How long? One-year intermediate technical certificate, and two-year advanced technical certificate and Associate of Applied Science degree options
High demand: 14.9 percent growth in job demand projected from 2012 to 2022
How much will I earn? $37,170 per year (average Idaho median wage)

Collision Repair Technology

At NIC: The Collision Repair Technology program is designed to prepare students for entry-level employment as collision repair technicians and/
or painters.
How long? Nine-month intermediate technical certificate
High demand: 11.8 percent growth in job demand projected from 2012 to 2022
How much will I earn? $38,110 per year (average Idaho median wage)

Computer Aided Design Technology—Architectural and Mechanical

At NIC: Architectural design technologists assist in the fields of residential and light commercial architecture. Mechanical technologists assist in the fields of engineering and manufacturing by solving design and manufacturing issues in regards to form, fit, and functional requirements. Two separate tracks are available at NIC for careers focusing in architectural design as well as in mechanical design.
How long? One-year intermediate technical certificate, and two-year advanced technical certificate and Associate of Applied Science degree options
In demand: 2.4 percent growth in job demand projected from 2012 to 2022
How much will I earn? $42,200 per year (average Idaho median wage)

Diesel Technology

At NIC: Designed to prepare students for employment as entry-level truck/heavy equipment technicians.
How long? One-year intermediate technical certificate, and two-year advanced technical certificate and Associate of Applied Science degree options
High demand: 11.3 percent growth in job demand projected from 2012 to 2022
How much will I earn? $45,550 per year (average Idaho median wage)

Industrial Mechanic/Millwright

At NIC: The Industrial Mechanic/Millwright program prepares students for employment as industrial plant maintenance mechanics or millwrights. Students learn the basics of maintenance, fabrication, installation, and alignment of equipment used in modern industrial and manufacturing plants.
How long? 11-month intermediate technical certificate
High demand: 11.4 percent growth in job demand projected from 2012 to 2022
How much will I earn? $42,040 per year (average Idaho median wage)

Machining and CNC Technology

At NIC: The Machining and CNC Technology program prepares students for entry-level employment in the machining and manufacturing industries. The curriculum features basic to advanced machining concepts involving various machine tools such as conventional lathes, mills, grinders, and their Computer Numerical Control (CNC) counterparts.
How long? One-year intermediate technical certificate, and two-year advanced technical certificate and Associate of Applied Science degree options
Very high demand: 24.3 percent growth in job demand projected from 2012 to 2022
How much will I earn? $38,850 per year (average Idaho median wage)

Welding Technology

At NIC: The Welding Technology program is designed to prepare students for entry-level employment. The program complies with national standards established by the American Welding Society (AWS), combining theory and applied shop practice designed to develop welding skills.
How long? One-year intermediate technical certificate, and two-year advanced technical certificate and Associate of Applied Science degree options
Very high demand: 18.8 percent growth in job demand projected from 2012 to 2022
How much will I earn? $34,200 per year (average Idaho median wage)

All wage and job growth data provided by the Idaho Department of Labor and Idaho Career Information System.