Manufacturing leaders' ongoing frustration with North Idaho College and how well it serves their needs reached a boiling point last week with a bluntly worded letter to the college's Board of Trustees. The business representatives said they had no confidence in NIC President Michael Burke and his ability to work with the business community to meet their employment needs. NIC trustees blasted back, calling the letter off-base and downright inaccurate. Now, more than a week later, all parties say the letter served as a call to action and a plea for better communication. "They've gotta quit accusing us and we've gotta quit being defensive," NIC spokesman Kent Propst said.
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