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Faith-Based Program Helps Students

Billy Gill served time for dealing drugs, but he's about to receive his welding certification and hopes to get a job to support his family. The new faith-based North Idaho Training and Rehab Organization (NITRO) has given the 28-year-old Coeur d'Alene man that second chance. “It's a great opportunity for people who have struggled and want to get back on their feet,” Gill said of the program, which has a character-building component. “The welding part - yeah that's important - but if you want to keep a job you have to have good character.” NITRO's first class, a group that will receive welding certificates during a graduation on Saturday, came with resumes in hand to meet eye to eye with possible employers on Thursday at the Kootenai Technical Education Campus (KTEC)/Brian Walker, Coeur d'Alene. More here. (Shawn Gust CdA Press photo: Louis Bevans, Jr. with potential employers Jessica Bauman, owner of Express Employment Professionals, center, and Heidi Spunich, human resources manager for Berg Companies)

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