COEUR d'ALENE - Nearly 30 years ago, Orville Dockter sat in the back of a classroom at Lewis-Clark State College in Coeur d'Alene and listened to a lecture. He didn't mind listening because his job was to drive his wife, Audreilee, back and forth to class from the Silver Valley - he hadn't planned on learning - but he did.
"It opened my eyes. I had these 'Ah-ha,' moments and it didn't take long before they had me signed up for classes," Orville recalled. "I was working underground as a hoisting engineer. LCSC was great because I didn't have to miss one day of work."
The Kingston couple, among the college's first students in Coeur d'Alene, earned their bachelor's degrees in 1983.
"LCSC helped us a lot to advance in our jobs," Orville said. "I really enjoyed the classes and my wife kept going back to get refresher courses."
Orville observed that 30 years ago most of the students worked full-time jobs and needed flexibility. There was a sense of excitement throughout North Idaho about the college offering classes. Marc Stewart, Special to the Cda Press Full Story
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