SCC recieves over $200,000 grant

SCC recieves over $200,000 grant

High school teachers in rural parts of northeast Washington will get extra training and tools to introduce students to careers in water and natural resources thanks to a grant from the National science foundation.

The three-year grant will focus on increasing awareness of geographic information system careers and provide training for 12-15 teachers in Ferry, Stevens, and pend Oreille counties as they introduce GIS activities into classrooms.

The first batch of trained teachers are expected to influence hundreds of high school students and by the third year a GIS course will be offered at SCC’s Colville center. High School students would be eligible to receive both high school and college credit.

“This grant will prepare the future workforce for these counties and will contribute to the overall economic well-being of the community,” said Jenni Martin, SCC vice president of instruction.

The need for environmental technicians and those with GIS skills is high in northeast Washington which is heavy in resource based industries.