In so many ways the good news for our college continued in March. Last month the Idaho Legislature passed bills supporting Lewis-Clark State College's growth in key areas, the local community solidified what will be an historic collaboration between our college and the Lewiston Independent School District, the LCSC women’s basketball team enjoyed a phenomenally successful postseason run, and enrollment indicators for this fall have never looked better. A very exciting month to be a Warrior.
LCSC’s request for $10 million of State support for the construction of a Career & Technical Education (CTE) facility in the Lewiston Orchards was approved by the Idaho Legislature. Propelled by support from Idaho Gov. Butch Otter, unanimous Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee approval, and numerous letters of support from businesses and individuals throughout our region, the budget request passed both the House and Senate. From high schoolers to industry members, this project truly will be a win-win for everyone involved and I am grateful to all those who had a hand in bringing it to fruition. LCSC will now look to its reserves, grants, and to the donations of private individuals and businesses to procure the additional $10 million needed to complete the project. For information on how you can join us in this effort, contact our Advancement office at 208-792-2457 or visit them online at www.lcsc.edu/giving.
The full vision of the collaborative, regional CTE center will be realized thanks to the March 14 passage of the Lewiston Independent School District’s bond to build a new high school adjacent to LCSC’s new facility. The timing could not be better as it will allow for complete coordination of every aspect of the endeavor – from planning, to construction, to resource sharing, and to future goals and programming. In the end, Idaho, our region, and our youth will be the winners. I congratulate the school district and Superintendent Bob Donaldson on a very impressive historic success.
Speaking of winners, you would be hard pressed to find a finer group of student-athletes than the Lewis-Clark State College women’s basketball team. Thanks to a 23-0 start, Head Coach Brian Orr’s team rose to a No. 2 national ranking in the NAIA this year and then lived up to that ranking by advancing to the national tournament title game for the first time in school history. The Warriors ended just a few shots short of the title, falling 73-66 to Oklahoma City University, but they finished the season with a school-record 35 wins against just two losses. Two members of the team (Caelyn Orlandi and Brittany Tackett) were named AlI-Americans while four (Orlandi, Brooke Litalien, Megan Risinger, and Lauren Johnson) earned NAIA Scholar-Athlete honors. I congratulate the entire team on achieving so much on the court and in the classroom.
Word that students excel at LCSC seems to be spreading more than ever. Early enrollment indicators are encouraging as applications for this fall are up 14 percent from last year (an all-time high), scholarship applications are up 10 percent, and new registrations are also up by 10 percent. In addition, housing applications have increased compared to this time last year, and space in the residence halls is filling up quickly. Prospective students and their parents know what they’re looking for and they’re finding it at Lewis-Clark State College. They want faculty excellence, a student-first approach, degrees that matter, a safe and friendly campus, and more value for their dollar. Lewis-Clark State College delivers it all.
Our campus is expanding, our enrollment is growing, our students and alumni are succeeding, and aspirations for the future have never been higher and your continued support is one of the main reasons why. Thank you for your support and go Warriors!
J. Anthony Fernandez
President, Lewis-Clark State College