Businesses throughout Idaho and around the Pacific Northwest are continually seeking highly skilled people to fill the variety of jobs in the technical professions. Industry shortages in the fields of welding, information technology and wind power technology mean immediate job opportunities are available to graduates of these programs. And due to strong industry partnerships LCSC Career Technical Education faculty members maintain, many times students are able to begin work in their chosen field while they are still students.
An endowment to support LCSC’s Career Technical Education programs will provide funds to purchase, maintain and upgrade sophisticated technical equipment for classroom and lab settings. It will also provide funds to help students create their own professional portfolio of tools needed not only to enroll in Technical Degree and Certificate programs, but also to take with them into the career field of their choice. Tool portfolios typically cost each student $12,000 and if graduates are serious about their profession it is expected they have a basic set of tools before they can be hired.
According to Gary Anderson, Western States Equipment, “…We have found LCSC graduates to be quality people with high standards, family oriented, good work ethic, and loyalty to our business and community. The LCSC graduates are a cut above other school graduates we have hired.”