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U of I Coeur d'Alene Receives UEDA Award of Excellence

October 07, 2019

The University of Idaho Coeur d'Alene was recognized with the Award of Excellence from the University Economic Development Association (UEDA). Center Executive Officer Charles Buck presented the Inspire Idaho initiative at the UEDA summit Oct. 1 in Reno, Nevada. Inspire Idaho is a free app development program with 300 active participants statewide. U of I Coeur d'Alene launched the program in 2018 in an effort to reduce barriers to education. Currently, Inspire Idaho has 13 learner teams in 11 cities across Idaho. The latest team launched in Sandpoint in September with a new model of partnering with the public library to provide a local MacBook lending library for participants.

"In a rural area, there are not as many options to access technology and skills development," said Amanda Ruff, emerging technology coordinator for the East Bonner County Library District. "We're trying to create that space, and the Inspire curriculum is a good fit. We don't have to create the course ourselves, but we can be the place to help people take that next step."

Inspire Idaho was honored in the UEDA talent category, which focuses on lifelong education, experiential education and discovery-based learning. Read more about the honor in the Coeur d'Alene Press.

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