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First take about 650 north-central Idaho high school students. Add a group of
enthusiastic college faculty and staff; get everyone together in LCSC's gymnasium, put on
some fired-up music, toss candy and tee shirts into the crowd and what do you get? The
high-energy opening of VoTech Day, a multi-faceted, half-day recruiting event designed to
showcase the wide variety of programs offered by the college's Technical and Industrial
(T&I) and Office and Business Technology (OBT) Divisions.
It all happened on Feb. 12, a day blessed with sun and the feel of early spring, the kind
of day that makes people glad to be in the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley. After the
mass-gathering kickoff, attendees broke into groups and set out to tour T&I and OBT
facilities and the rest of campus.
There was plenty to learn about welding, automated manufacturing, information systems
analysis, office technology, paralegal, web development and the rest of the many programs
offered by the two divisions.
The scene at the auto body repair shop provided an example of the sights and information
each location on the tour had to offer. The doors of the workplace garage were wide open
to make it easy to see the vehicles currently being worked on. Pulled out into the sun,
where its bright metallic paint job couldn't be missed, was a to-die-for rebuilt small
pickup truck. Small knots of students checked out the facility while others listened to
Assistant Professor Clarence Griffin tell about the attractive auto body repair jobs and
pay that are available in Idaho today and how T&I's program trains people for such
At noon, the prospective students assembled for brown-bag lunches, the chance to watch
enlarged digital images of the morning's events, and to learn who won the two $500
scholarships that were given away. Well fortified with food for thought and stomach both,
they then piled back onto their buses and headed for home.
What is the hope of those that worked hard to put on this well-planned event? That the
young people departed with exciting and realistic ideas about what is possible for them
after high school and that LCSC is a place to make it happen.