U.S. Department of Commerce Invests Nearly $1.4 Million in North Idaho College to Advance Workforce Training Programs
Contact: EDA Public Affairs Department, (202) 482-4085
July 15, 2016
WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker today announced that the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $1.38 million grant to North Idaho College to purchase equipment needed to support key workforce training programs.
“The Obama Administration is committed to helping communities develop a workforce with 21st century skills,” said Secretary Pritzker. “As part of the ‘Skills for Business’ initiative, this EDA grant will provide the equipment needed to advance critical workforce training programs at the North Idaho College Career and Technical Education facility that is built in Rathdrum, Idaho.”
The EDA grant will allow North Idaho College to purchase equipment needed to support Automotive Technology and Collision, Welding Technology, and Computer Aided Design workforce training programs that will be housed in the college’s Career and Technical Education facility that is being built in Rathdrum. The facility is being developed to help prepare the region’s workforce in diversifying from a natural resources-based to a manufacturing- based economy. According to the school, 163 students will be trained in the facility during a nine-year period.
About the U.S. Economic Development Administration
The mission of the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) is to lead the federal economic development agenda by promoting competitiveness and preparing the nation's regions for growth and success in the worldwide economy. An agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce, EDA makes investments in economically distressed communities in order to create jobs for U.S. workers, promote American innovation, and accelerate long-term sustainable economic growth. To learn more about EDA, visit www.eda.gov.