COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Administrators from Lewis-Clark State College and North Idaho College signed an articulation agreement to facilitate the transfer of NIC students into baccalaureate degree programs at LCSC on Wednesday at North Idaho College.
LCSC President J. Anthony Fernandez (pictured above right) and NIC President Joe Dunlap (pictured above left) were on hand to sign and thereby finalize the agreement which outlines and expedites the process by which NIC students are granted admission to LCSC with third year (junior) standing in either Bachelor of Applied Science or Bachelor of Applied Science in Applied Technology degree programs.
"With this agreement LCSC bolsters a relationship with NIC that already has been very strong for years," Fernandez said. "Idaho is one state with one publically supported education system, and this is another example of two institutions working together to make it easier for Idaho's students to obtain the degree they want. We look forward to continuing to expand the higher education opportunities for Idahoans served so well by North Idaho College."
Among the agreement's provisions are scholarship opportunities for NIC students including one which automatically qualifies NIC Presidential Scholarship recipients for LCSC's Transfer Scholarship.
"NIC and LCSC have had a long-standing, effective, and cooperative relationship for 30 years," said Dunlap. "Because of that partnership, hundreds of NIC students are able to transfer to LCSC and earn a bachelor's degree each year without ever leaving Coeur d'Alene. We are currently collaborating with LCSC and the University of Idaho to build a new classroom facility on the Coeur d'Alene Higher Education Campus. The agreement we signed today further strengthens our relationship and encourages increased opportunities for our students."
Over the past five years, an average of 157 students have transferred from NIC to LCSC each year, many of which have attended LCSC's Coeur d'Alene campus.
Lewis-Clark State, which offers over 90 degree and certificate programs from eight academic divisions and two professional-technical divisions, signed a similar agreement with the College of Western Idaho in February.