EDUCATION

Kootenai County is home to four educational institutions, providing a variety of professional technical certifications, stackable credits, academic degrees and continuing education programs. North Idaho College, Lewis and Clark State College, and branches of both the University of Idaho and Boise State University are in a joint campus providing programs terminating in an Associate of Arts to executive MBA degrees. Program curriculum ranges from aerospace composite fabrication to CNC operation, CDL Certification, computer science, technicians and everything in between. Moreover, customized workforce training is available through North Idaho College Workforce Training center, whether it’s for soft skills or specific technical skills. In an effort to inspire the next generation, the region promotes early childhood education through third grade reading programs and STEM-based summer camps.

For additional information:

North Idaho College (NIC)    |     NIC Career and Technical Education Center-CTEC

Kootenai Technical Education Center-KTEC (for 11th/12th graders)    |     NIC Workforce Training Center

Lewis and Clark State College    |     University of Idaho, Cd’A Branch     |     Boise State University, Cd’A Branch

WORKFORCE

The combined Coeur d’Alene and Spokane MSA’s draw from a rich, diverse population of over 750,000 people, with 346,000 highly-trained and readily available workforce – 37 percent of whom have an Associate’s Degree or higher and another 27 percent with some level of higher education. Local business owners cite productivity, work ethics, low absenteeism and low turnover rates as examples of workforce excellence. Additionally, Idaho is a “right to work” state, with only a small percentage (8%) of the workforce unionized. (www.labor.idaho.gov).

Spokane is uniquely positioned to train the next generation and meet the advanced manufacturing industry’s workforce demands of the future. In fact, the Spokane region has developed a comprehensive multi-sector strategy in which the development of human capital is a key component.

Companies throughout the aerospace supply chain rely on the 25 colleges and universities to provide the comprehensive and targeted training programs in aerospace, high-tech and advanced manufacturing. There are over 100,000 students earning technical certifications and advanced degrees providing a well-trained and work-ready employment resource.