Transfer News Webinars

Advising for Interstate Passport Success

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019 at 1:00pm MT

North Idaho College (NIC) joined the Interstate Passport Network in February 2018 and in a short time has successfully implemented Interstate Passport across its campus by engaging faculty, awarding Passports, reporting data, and advising students about the benefits of earning a Passport. Learn how NIC implemented Interstate Passport and engaged advisors. DeAnn Johnson, advisor for Completion and Transferability, Advising Services, and Sherry Simkins, division chair Communication and Fine Arts, discuss how they worked with the existing campus culture to develop advising tools and highlight Interstate Passport in their catalog to make it a seamless part of the advising process.


DeAnn Johnson Headshot

DeAnn Johnson is an Academic Advisor for Completion and Transferability at North Idaho College. An active member of the North Idaho Consortium of Higher Education (NICHE represents NIC, LCSC, UI, BSU, and ISU) Johnson serves as chair of the Student Service Task Force which focuses and creates shared student resources among consortium schools. Additionally, she sits on the NICHE Recruiting Task Force, representing Higher Education opportunities for North Idaho communities. Previously Johnson worked for Lewis-Clark State College, CdA, and received her M.S. in Adult Organizational Learning and Leadership from the University of Idaho. 

Sherry Simkins Headshot

Sherry Simkins has served as Division Chair for Communication and Fine Arts at North Idaho College since 2012. As chair, she oversees programs in Communication, Journalism, Fine Arts, Music, and Theatre. She has been an instructor of Communication since 2005. She also serves as a faculty discipline representative for the Idaho Statewide General Education. Simkins received her B.S. and M.A. in Communication at Southern Utah University. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Educational Leadership at Idaho State University.