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Nilson seeks seat on NIC Board of Trustees

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Posted: Monday, October 22, 2012 8:31 am

COEUR d'ALENE - Ron Nilson said he's running for a seat on the North Idaho College Board of Trustees because the community's future leaders are its children, and their success relies on the quality of the education they receive and how well they are taught to maximize the use of their skills as they move forward.

Nilson, 60, is running for election to Seat C on the NIC board. Ron Vieselmeyer, who currently holds that position, is not seeking re-election.

"I support Joe Dunlap, the new president of NIC, and his efforts, and I am committed to working with him to build a bridge between the private sector and the college," Nilson said.

A Coeur d'Alene resident, Nilson is president and CEO of Ground Force Worldwide, a Post Falls-based multinational company that manufacturers mining equipment. He has lived in Kootenai County for 12 years.

Nilson attended North Seattle Community College, Shoreline Community College and Pima Community College where his studies were focused on business and communication.

"As a business leader, I'm in a unique position to bridge the gap between education and local businesses, creating a win, win, win for NIC, the students and future local employers," Nilson said. "I'll help re-engage the voice of the local community to our North Idaho Community College."

Nilson said, if elected, he will work on "creating transparency" at the college.

"We desperately need to involve our public. This free counsel is invaluable and has a true investment in the success of NIC," Nilson said.

Kootenai County citizens and business leaders have more insight and true concern for NIC than outside consultants hired with tax dollars do, he said.

"I will work hard to make sure project costs and plans will be shared with the community before moving forward, allowing all cities to take part in the final vision," Nilson said.

Fiscal responsibility is another item at the top of Nilson's list of objectives, if elected.

As a business owner and CEO, Nilson said he oversees a multi-million dollar budget.

"We owe it to the students and teachers to make sure they are the financial focus," Nilson said.

He said he will make sure NIC's budget spending makes its biggest impact in the classrooms, where students and taxpayers will benefit most.

"I will work to abolish the current board's policy of continuing to take foregone taxes, as this does not produce economic success for our students or the local taxpayers," Nilson said.

NIC needs a better tracking system for graduation and placement rates, Nilson said.

He said he will work on creating a system that provides a better measure of these statistics as they are a crucial consideration when making future funding decisions.

Nilson said he is a member of 10 local boards through which he engages on a daily basis with community members. Through those interactions, Nilson said he is able to bring a "a fresh perspective from the private sector that the current NIC board lacks."

He chairs the boards of the North Idaho Manufacturing Consortium and the Post Falls Chamber of Commerce. Nilson serves on the boards of the NIC Booster Club, the Greene Idaho Foundation and is a founding board member of Ignite Hope warming shelter.

Nilson helped lead the effort that led to the recent opening of KTEC, the professional-technical public high school in Rathdrum. He is vice-chair of KTEC's executive board.

He serves, by appointment of Gov. Butch Otter, on the Pacific Northwest Economic Region's Idaho Council.

"I will work toward making sure we have programs in place to allow for all types of students to graduate, ready to be an asset to our local employers, or ready to move on to 4-year colleges," Nilson said. "Providing our students with the necessary tools to move forward in their careers will immediately benefit our local area and future growth markets, as well as give us measureable success of our community college."

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6 comments:

  • Unapologeticdemocrat posted at 7:42 pm on Wed, Oct 24, 2012.

    Unapologeticdemocrat Posts: 9

    You are right Candor we have a choice. And the choice is to stick with the incumbents or turn this board over to the Reagan Republicans as what happened to the school board. I predict the RR's will lose at least 1 and possibly all 3 seats on the school board in the spring and hopefully they will lose their bid to take over the NIC board also, and they will if people are informed about their agenda..

     
  • local res posted at 10:02 pm on Mon, Oct 22, 2012.

    local res Posts: 1164

    Lone wolf ask yourself why the local community does not fully support NIC. The college board has not been open and transparent with the local community. By the way Lone Wolf I saw what Ron Nilson did for the poor and homeless last winter, what have you done? What has any other member of the current board done for the homeless and poor? Oh yes they went through a back door method to acquire the mill property, then raised the taxes on the area poor.

    I have to ask do you benefit financially from keeping the board in the current power structure?

     
  • mister d posted at 6:04 pm on Mon, Oct 22, 2012.

    mister d Posts: 1531

    I am sticking with the current members of the NIC Board. Change is great if it is change in a positive direction, not all change is good or wanted. I do not like the direction the RR's are trying to take education (CDA School Board) and will not vote for anyone supported by them. The current Board has kept tax increases low (about $10 total for many years on my bill) and I can live with that. Is the Board perfect, no, but it is a much more education oriented Board than one will be with RR candidates on it. Keep the quality at NIC, keep the current board. Next we need to take back the CDA School Board and get education back on track and our kids back to having a chance in a global economy The isolationism the RR's promote is dangerous.

     
  • crust123 posted at 10:54 am on Mon, Oct 22, 2012.

    crust123 Posts: 186

    Let me see if i get this right lone wolf. We should take the opinion of a current board member who is endorsing her fellow board members, so that we can retain the status quo at the college. And she thinks Ron Nilson is on a quest for power? sure doesnt sound like a quest for power per the above article. He seems a very reasonable, well intentioned and well qualified person to add to that board. In fact, i know him to be just that. Perhaps you absolutely fear an independent viewpoint on that board, which i happen to think is a welcome change. You sound like you are happy the way it is and are willing to promote fear of change, to keep it just the way you like it. i guess we will see how it turns out... I am supporting change and the new candidates for some common sense on the NIC board.

     
  • Candor posted at 9:48 am on Mon, Oct 22, 2012.

    Candor Posts: 35

    We have a simple choice in this NIC Trustee election. You can vote for the Nilson, Paul Matthews and Todd Banducci, the three candidates endorsed by the Reagan Republicans and supported by almost every Republican group and leader in the county. Or you can support Meyers, Armon and Haagenson who are endorsed by the Kootenai County Democratic Party and virtually every Democrat activist.

    Nilson, Matthews ande Banducci support reigning in tax increases, increasing graduation rates, and more focus on the college serving the needs of community and preparing students for work and citizenship or you can vote from the incumbents (and their hand-picked successor, Haagenson) to continue the policies that have seen the NIC taxes increase by 73%, the tax rate skyrocket by 116% but result in less then 13% of the students graduating on time and only 21% graduate in 3 years.

     
  • lone wolf posted at 9:29 am on Mon, Oct 22, 2012.

    lone wolf Posts: 243

    Christie Wood, current NIC board member said it best recently; "…we have candidates running that I believe have a do harm agenda all in a quest for power, and to promote their ideology… The questions Mic (Armon) was asked by the RR’s absolutely startle me. They asked about his support in ending tenure of our long-time instructors in order to control the curriculum and then only teach American curriculum.”

    The Reagan Republicans plan is to drastically change our local education to fit only their ideology.

    Please be aware that the NIC candidates backed by the Reagan Republicans, with the same agenda, for the college are Todd Banducci, Paul Matthews and Ron Nilson. They have already demonstrated a lack of public input interest by not showing up to a community forum to debate their positions and goals for the college should they get elected.

     
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