50 States, 50 Colleges: Idaho

College in the Spotlight: The College of Idaho

Location: Caldwell, Idaho (30 minutes from downtown Boise)

Size: 1,120 students

Fast Facts

  • U.S. News & World Report ranked The College of Idaho at number 7 for “Best National Liberal Arts Colleges.”

  • The campus is located in an area known as Treasure Valley.  Who doesn’t want to spend four years in a place known as Treasure Valley?!  The location provides easy access to numerous outdoor activities including skiing/snowboarding, hiking, white water rafting, golf, and so much more!

  • The College has a unique program called The Peak Program.  The Peak Program is designed for students to complete a major and 3 minors in four years.  The goal of this program is for students to leave the school with proficiency in a professional area as well as in social sciences, humanities, and natural sciences.

  • There is definitely a club for everyone!  Did you love My Little Pony growing up?  The Coyote Bronies is a club for the fans to come together and “enjoy the magic of friendship.”  Are you a movie buff?  You could join Film Society where you promote both old and new movies.

  • In addition to the numerous clubs and intramural sports, there is The Outdoor Program.  The Outdoor Program is a student led organization that provides access to trips, equipment, workshops, and classes related to outdoor recreation.  The mission is “to provide access to outdoor activities that will foster the development of friendships in the campus community, to educate and promote outdoor recreation.”

  • The school is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics and offers 10 men and 10 women’s sports teams.  Go Yotes!

For more information, visit www.collegeofidaho.edu!

First Annual Lunch With Alumni

Seniors have so many questions going through their minds when preparing to go off to college.  What will it be like living in a dorm?  How will I handle the course work?  What are some things I will be able to get involved in?  With that, we do our best to ease any anxieties they may have through conversation and resources.  But then we thought, “Wouldn’t it be great if the seniors could hear directly from Lowell Catholic graduates?”  The answer to that is the First Annual Lunch With Alumni!

Using the Lowell Catholic alumni database, guidance reached out to graduates who are currently in college or have recently graduated.  A panel of seven students with various academic backgrounds and differing college experiences was put together.  The purpose of this variety was for our seniors to hear about a wide range of experiences, both academically and personally.

The panel included:

  • Corey Lanier (Class of 2010) – Senior at UMASS Lowell double majoring in Political Science and Criminal Justice
  • Tyler Dumont (Class of  2011) – Studying Electronic Journalism Arts at Lyndon State University (VT)
  • Liz Doughty (Class of 2011) – Junior at MCLA majoring in Athletic Training
  • Patrick McPhillips (Class of 2005) – Graduated from Stonehill in 2009 with a degree in Business/Marketing
  • Nick Canelas (Class of 2011) – Junior at UMASS Amherst majoring in Journalism
  • Bianca Terenzi (Class of 2013) – A freshman at Methodist University (NC) studying Business/Sports Management
  • Eric Hassey (Class of 2007) – Electrical Engineering degree from Wentworth Institute of Technology and is now a graduate student at the University of Iowa

The luncheon kicked off with a presentation by Stephen DiGiovanni, a 2002 LC graduate.  He is the current chief of the Quinsigamond Community College police department in Worcester, MA.  His presentation centered on campus safety and tips on handling the many temptations of college.

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After the seniors and alumni enjoyed lunch, the panel members began answering a number of questions relating to their college experience.

DSC_0616The questions covered a variety of topics ranging from dorm life to managing school work.

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The panel of alumni talked about how they chose the college, how college classes compare to high school classes, and how they have gotten involved in internships/job shadowing.

The guidance department got great feedback from the seniors following the event:

  •  “I think this gave me a small insight on college and took some of the nerves away.”
  • “It was valuable listening to the cop talk because it opened my eyes to possible dangers of college.”
  • “I liked hearing the experiences and opinions of other students because it was good advice.”
  • “We got to know what to expect, not just the typical stuff websites say.”
  • “The alumni panel showed a lot of different scenarios that any of us could possibly experience.  It was helpful and relatable.”
  • “I think the alumni lunch was a great way to give the seniors some extra knowlege/info on what to expect for college.”

We realize that making the final decision of choosing a college is a difficult one.  On top of that, they have the worries and concerns about what college will be like.  Based on the feedback, the event was a success and we look forward to next year!!!

Major Monday: Special Education

Special education is the career for you if you enjoy teaching, working with others one-on-one or in small groups, want to help others, and want to make a difference!

Featured Major: Special Education

General Description: Special education teachers work with students with disabilities that affect their learning.  They work with the curriculum by modifying or accommodating it so it is accessible to the students.  A special education teacher can work with students as young as preschool age up through high school.

Education Requirements: A career in special education requires at least a bachelor’s degree. There is also the option to get a bachelor’s degree in education (with a concentration in a content area) and minor in special education or you can continue on to get a master’s degree.  Also, all teachers that work in a public school must hold a license, or have a certification.  Each state has its own requirements when it comes to obtaining the certification.

Types of courses: human development, psychology, sociology, curriculum and instruction, behavior management, and assessment.

Area Colleges with a bachelor’s degree program in special education: Fitchburg State University (MA), Lesley University (MA), Elms College (MA), New England College (NH), Rivier University (NH), Salve Regina University (RI)

Salary and Job Projections: According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in special education is expected to grow 6% by 2022.  In 2012, the average salary was $55,060.

Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics and CollegeBoard