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Releases: Northwest Farm Credit Services, University of Phoenix

Northwest Farm Credit Services refunds $36.1 million to stockholders

Stockholders of Northwest Farm Credit Services who are located throughout Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana are receiving patronage refund checks totaling $36.1 million.

According to Northwest FCS Board Chairman Drew Eggers, this year’s refund is the largest in the organization’s history, and brings the total amount of refunds paid to customers since 1995 to $268 million.

“Because of our continued strong financial performance, we’ve been able to build a strong capital base and return money each year to our stockholders, which is a significant benefit of borrowing money from a borrower-owned lending cooperative,” Eggers said.

Northwest FCS provides financing, related services and crop insurance to farmers, ranchers, agribusinesses, commercial fishermen, timber producers, and rural homeowners in Montana, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, and Alaska.University of Phoenix Provides Idaho Employment Outlook and Offers Free Career Workshop and Networking Event to Local Job Seekers

‘Growing Careers’ event helps residents craft top notch resumés

It is no secret the job market has changed in the last few years, but there are many opportunities available with Idaho companies. On Wednesday, Feb. 9, University of Phoenix Idaho Campus will help jobs seekers position themselves as viable candidates with a free Growing Careers workshop. At the event, attendees will hear about where the job opportunities are in Idaho. They will also learn how to write effective résumés and improve interview skills.

The Growing Careers Workshop takes place Wednesday, Feb. 9, from 5:45 – 9:00 p.m. at University of Phoenix Idaho Campus, 1422 S. Tech Lane, Meridian, Idaho 83642. Residents can visit for additional details and to register for this free event.

The following topics will be addressed: The Idaho employment outlook;  Where the jobs are: Largest and fastest growing local industries; Who is hiring: Treasure Valley and Idaho companies with job openings; Job search strategies: What recruiters are searching for and how to catch their eye; and Writing a résumé that demands attention and polishing interview skills.

“In our current economy, successful job applicants realize they must continually hone their skills and resume to stand out against the increasing number of applicants vying for the same position,” University of Phoenix Idaho campus director Bill Bach said. “Today, businesses are being more selective which means candidates who can immediately prove their value will land the best jobs.”

Employment Outlook

The state’s unemployment rate for December 2010 was 9.5 percent, slightly higher than the national average at 9.4 percent. According to data, industries that employ a significant number of Idaho residents are government, professional consulting and business services, administrative outsourcing, food services and real estate. The healthcare industry also represents significant employment in the state.

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