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2017 June - First Friday Letter

Dear Friends,

Summer is finally here and we're enjoying it at Lewis-Clark State College. The benchmark for the season in Lewiston is the Avista-NAIA World Series that LCSC has hosted for 26 years. The Series showcases our college, the community, and all of the great student-athletes who participate. This year's tournament has been especially outstanding as the weather has been near perfect, the games have been thrilling, and Harris Field -- featuring a brand new grandstand and videoboard -- has never looked better. I thank all of the sponsors, the hundreds of volunteers, the teams, and the community for making this such a wonderful tradition. Of course, I thank the Warriors for being great ambassadors for LCSC and wish them the best of luck in tonight's championship game!

Since graduating another record number of students (851) last month, good news has continued to roll in at Lewis-Clark State College. LCSC is part of a consortium that received a $839,809 grant to help regional metal manufacturers address workforce needs. The National Science Foundation grant funds the project Technical Career Pathways for Rural Manufacturing: Using a Sector Approach to Support the Northwest Intermountain Metal Manufacturers (NIMM). The grant is a collaborative effort by LCSC, the Clearwater Economic Development Association, and the University of Idaho, and is supported by 19 north-central Idaho school districts. NIMM is made up of regional metal fabricators, including ammunition and firearms makers, machine shops, a foundry, jet boat and trailer builders, and equipment manufacturers. They have common workforce needs for welders, machinists, and fabricators. The consortium will address the workforce needs through online and hands-on training for high school students. Foundational knowledge, practical skills, and soft workplace skills are key components to the curriculum. Retired Career & Technical Education Dean Rob Lohrmeyer laid much of the groundwork for this project and I thank Provost Lori Stinson and Technical & Industrial Division Chair Mark Smith for their work in securing this important grant.

In other news, the LCSC Foundation recently elected retired school teacher and former Idaho legislator Liz Chavez as its president. Chavez, who earned her bachelor's degree from LCSC in 1970 and was a teacher for more than 30 years, brings an incredible amount of experience to an already strong organization. Also elected were Mike Tatko of Avista Utilities as vice president and Lori McCann, who is retired, as secretary. Teresa Cole, controller at LCSC, was re-elected as treasurer. Additionally, four new board members were appointed to three-year terms. They are Donnie Ely of Clearwater Paper, Lynne Coleman of Coleman Oil, Christina Metcalf of St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, and Domenick Ochszner of Vista Outdoor. I thank all current and new members of the Foundation for the excellent work they have done and will do for our students. 

LCSC will once again host the next generation of college students when it opens its doors for Kids' College later this month. Kids' College, which is organized by Community Programs at LCSC, features four-day sessions of classes for youths aged 6-15. This year, the sessions will be June 26-29, July 10-13, July 24-27, and Aug. 7-10, and I'm told there is now over $11,000 worth of scholarships available for students in need. If you're interested in helping staff this great program or know a youth who would like to participate, visit www.lcsc.edu/kids-college

And last but certainly not least, I'd like to welcome and introduce Jeffrey R. Ober who has accepted the position of CTE dean at LCSC. Ober is completing his Ed.D. in education leadership from Liberty University and is presently an adjunct faculty member at Southern New Hampshire University. From 2001-08, he served as program manager and dean of students for King's College in Charlotte, N.C. He will begin the first week of July and I know you'll help me in making him feel right at home.

I wish you all a happy and healthy summer filled with good times, great memories, and plenty of sunscreen. 

Sincerely, 


J. Anthony Fernandez
President, Lewis-Clark State College