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Idaho Lewis County Technical Education Foundation Featured

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The mission of the Idaho-Lewis County Technical Education Foundation (ILCTE Foundation) is to create local, industry driven workforce education opportunities for youth, under-employed or under-skilled adults and offenders to create a skilled workforce to fill living wage positions with local employers and grow the communities in Idaho and Lewis counties.

The ILCTE Foundation is a non-profit corporation able to receive tax deductible donations through a 501c3 eligible fund with the Idaho Community Foundation.

The Foundation has been created by the Idaho Lewis County Partners (ILCP) as a support organization in the creation of opportunities for local workforce education.

ILCP has been working closely with businesses, employers, seven school districts, Lewis Clark State College, the University of Idaho, and community members.  There are over fifty businesses that participate with seven of them being core partners – two in health care and five in manufacturing.  The Cottonwood School District has an empty former elementary school building that has been selected as a central site for the technical education center.  ILCP has strong support and technical assistance from the University of Idaho, the Canyon Owyhee Service School Agency (COSSA) in southern Idaho and Kootenai Technical Education Campus (KTEC) in northern Idaho.  Both COSSA and KTEC have been successful in creating technical education centers similar to what ILCP is proposing.  At this point in the process, the group feels the technical education center is feasible and worth pursuing.

The Idaho Lewis County Partners have tentatively named the facility the Camas-Clearwater Technical Education Center and has their sights on opening in 2 years.  The goal for enrollment during the first year, approximately 70  11th and 12th grade students from Cottonwood, Craigmont, Grangeville, Kamiah, Kooskia, Nezperce, and Riggins and training to 65 North Idaho Correctional Institute (NICI) student-offenders and 36 adult workers. The school shall provide new learning and access to seamless career pathways that align with north central Idaho industries’ 21st Century needs. The professional technical school shall operate out of a central, premier learning center renovated from the currently vacant 20,000 s.f. facility owned by Cottonwood School District (former home to Prairie Elementary School) with 12,000 s.f. additional space.

School district schedules will be synchronized and aligned so that students graduate from their local high school, obtain certifications and credits from the PT school, and get direct work experience allowing them to enter the workforce upon graduation, to continue learning through adult education programs taught at the center, or to continue their learning through Idaho’s post-secondary education institutions. Offenders will occupy the campus at flexible times, when no other students are training. The training the offenders will receive will either prepare them for direct entrance into the workforce or to continue learning at one of Idaho’s post-secondary education institutions. Adults will either receive training in programs to prepare them for skilled occupations in today’s workforce or training in programs that will upgrade their current occupational skills, as defined by their employer.

The Camas-Clearwater Technical Education Center’s mission is to prepare students for industry, to give students opportunities for training that will lead to career advancement, and to provide seamless career pathways linking students to post secondary education opportunities that feed back into local workplace needs. Initially, the center plans to offer curriculum in Industrial Welding & Metal Fabrication, Engineering Design, Automated Manufacturing, Medical Assistant, Phlebotomy, and Medical Billing Coding.

The Idaho Lewis County Partners have sought out assistance to develop a strategic plan to ensure the center is developed appropriately and responsibly. As the Camas-Clearwater Technical Education Center looks to service a large number of business and community needs, it is evident to the group that it needs to have a person who is able to dedicate their time to using the strategic plan to take all of the necessary pieces and put the center together.

Currently the ILCTE Foundation is applying for grants and raising funds to develop a strategic plan and fund a position to develop the center.  The following fund status is current as of September 18, 2014:

Beginning Balance – Idaho Lewis County Partners:  


Grangeville Chamber of Commerce


Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce


Avista Foundation


Kissler Family Foundation


ILCTE Foundation Fund Total




Strategic Plan Cost


ILCTE Foundation Fund as of 9/18/14


Remaining Funds Needed for Strategic Plan


The Strategic plan will be prepared by the Ketchum Group, as recommended by the University of Idaho.  Dr. Robert Ketchum was instrumental in creating Kootenai Technical Education Campus (KTEC in Rathdrum.)  In talking with Dr. Ketchum he equated developing a Strategic Plan for CCTEC to having someone work full time on developing it for 2-3 months.  We firmly believe this will be instrumental in moving CCTEC into a reality.

If you would be interested in helping us close the gap and reach our goal of $14,000, your 501c3 tax deductible donation can be made to the Idaho-Lewis County Technical Education Fund through the Idaho Community Foundation.  All donations made will receive a receipt from the Idaho Community Foundation referencing the Idaho-Lewis County Technical Education Fund.

Checks can be sent to:  Idaho-Lewis County Technical Education Fund, PO Box 393, Grangeville, ID 83530

Or you can give online through the Idaho Community Foundation’s fund program:!

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Contact Info

for assistance please contact:

Ida-Lew Economic Development


Phone: 208.983.8302


300 W. Main St. Ste 201

Grangeville, ID 83530

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