Sep. 2, 2015

West Ada opens computer science magnet school

The first day of school in Idaho’s largest district also signified the first day for the computer science magnet school, designed for 10th- through 12th-graders who want to take increasingly advanced courses in computer science and web design and development.

“Our goal is to prepare students with skills that are in demand,” said Staci Low, administrator of West Ada’s Professional Technical Education program. “Our curriculum is aligned to industry so students learn specific transferable skills for the work force or college and career-ready skills.”

All of West Ada’s five high schools offer freshman computer programming and web design classes, and more than 600 students are enrolled over the next two semesters. Last year, only two schools offered such classes.

Sophomore Chris Johnson smiled in what he said is “by far my favorite class” at Centennial High School.  He is a four-year track to earn a computer programing certification so he’ll be instantly employable when he graduates.

May. 10, 2016

A Student-led Design Thinking High School

by One Stone

One Stone, a Boise­-based student-led non­profit with a mission to make students better leaders and the world a better place, announced today that they will expand their leadership and 21st century skills programs with the launch of a high school this fall.

At the request of students and parents and building on years of experience with project­-based learning, One Stone will offer a radically different model for student learning.

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May. 15, 2015

Four Students Awarded Fulbright Scholarships

by Boise State University

Boise State continues to cement its reputation as a national top producer of Fulbright Scholars: Four students have been awarded the prestigious scholarship for 2015-16, which will allow them to travel abroad for up to a year and teach and pursue research projects. 

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Jul. 19, 2016

C of I Hires Jim Everett, Former CEO of the YMCA, as New Swim Coach

by College of Idaho

After retiring from his post at the YMCA in December, Everett was not sure what was next, but he knew it had to be something that aligned with his purpose and passion. Coaching was always in his mind.

Everett, a 10-time Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association champion, three year co-captain, four year Most Valuable Swimmer and the first swimmer inducted into the Albion College Hall of Fame, previously served as head swim coach at the Marietta YMCA in Ohio  and the Boise YMCA, taking both programs to Nationals for the first time. Everett coached multiple athletes who went on to become national champions, including one who was an Olympic Gold medalist and world record holder. Though he spent 41 years working for the “Y”—including building the Treasure Valley facilities into some of the best in the United States—coaching was his calling.

“I have truly come full circle,” Everett said. “I began as a swim coach, and to have the opportunity to return to this calling is a dream come true!”  

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Apr. 13, 2016

Stem Action Center Gives 3D Printers to 15 Schools

The Stem Action Center has provided training to instructors from 15 Idaho schools in teaching students design and fabrication skills with 3D printers.

More than 65 schools applied to participate in a March workshop.

The Stem Action Center also gave the teachers a 3D printer to use at their schools and to organize student teams to participate in FabSLAM in May. FabSLAM is a digital fabrication competition where students practice 3D prototyping skills. The event is hosted by the Digital Harbor Foundation, a Baltimore, Md. nonprofit.

Mar. 23, 2015

College of Western Idaho Expands Campus

by College of Western Idaho News

The College of Western Idaho plans to expand its campus after purchasing 32.5 acres of land North of the school's Nampa campus. The proposed campus expanision stems from recent growth in enrollment at CWI. The college has gained over 9,000 students since 2009, making it the largest community college in Idaho. 

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Aug. 10, 2016

CWI Unveils Boise Campus Plans

Dozens of cars filled that parking lot for an event Tuesday morning where CWI unveiled conceptual plans for the new campus, a project officials hope to be ready for students by 2020. The campus could be up to 600,000-square-feet, according to Craig Brown, vice president of resource development for the college.

About 20,000 students are enrolled in the College of Western Idaho, according to numbers provided by the college.

City and education officials, including Boise Mayor Dave Bieter, Ray Stark of the Boise Chamber of Commerce and Boise State University provost Martin Schimpf spoke at the event, providing their take on what this new campus means for the community.

“What our economy needs most are the skilled workers that are going to feed the jobs of today and tomorrow,” Bieter said. “And that’s where CWI’s place in all of this is. Our economy, our jobs, our city, our valley and our state simply have to have the skills to compete, and CWI is all about that. This spot is ideal for that kind of activity and that kind of job generator.”

Feb. 8, 2016

Research Fuels Entrepreneurial Spirit in Boise

Most people think of research as the act of investigating questions and establishing facts that lead to new ways of thinking and solutions to the vexing problems that have plagued us for centuries. But research also contributes to the economic development of a community. At Boise State, our economic development mission is about leveraging the assets of the university for the economic, societal and cultural benefit of the community, state and region. These assets include our talented researchers as well as our labs, equipment and technology. In many cases, research like that conducted at all of Idaho’s universities also leads to innovative processes or products that result in new businesses and a boost to local economies. University research efforts fuel commercial activity, train a robust workforce and increase the area’s standard of living.

An example of current research poised to make a difference is a Web tool being developed by Boise State geoscientists Lejo Flores and Nancy Glenn. Funded by the Idaho Department of Agriculture, it will allow winemakers to access important information about the climate, soils and topography of a specific grape-growing location. Without research, we couldn’t come up with these kinds of end products that are so useful to society. Research leads to discovery that can be applied within the community.

May. 20, 2016

Local Partnership Aims To Reduce Cost Of Law School

A new partnership between Concordia Law School and Boise State University will speed up law education for students who enter college knowing that they want to become lawyers. The new program, which starts this fall, will let students complete a pre-law bachelor’s degree in three years, followed by the standard three-year law program at Concordia Law. The program will save students time and money; it comes with a 20 percent alumni discount for the law portion.

Nov. 6, 2015

Uncovering Diversity and Inclusion in the Boise Valley

by Marissa Lovell

There is a common perception of Idaho that is misconstrued. Looking solely at figures, the state’s population is overwhelmingly white. Less than 12 percent of the state’s population is Hispanic or Latino and less than one percent is African American. Yet, when you begin to deconstruct this uniform picture of Idaho with a quantitative and qualitative approach, you will uncover an evolving story of diversity and inclusion. That was the goal of “Diversity as a Business Driver,” a summit sponsored by Boise State’s College of Business and Economics’ Responsible Business Initiative (RBI), the City of Boise and Wells Fargo.

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Mar. 17, 2017

American Bar Association Approves First-Year Law Program in Boise

by Cara Hawkins

The American Bar Association (ABA) approved the opening of a first-year law program in Boise for the University of Idaho College of Law. The Idaho State Board of Education approved the first-year law program in February. A first-year law program will now be available in both the Moscow and Boise locations beginning this fall semester.

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Mar. 24, 2015

‘Ni Boisekoa naiz’: Keeping Basque alive in Idaho

With fewer than 1 million speakers worldwide, the Basque language has found life in Idaho. Boise is home to one of the most vibrant Basque-American communities in the U.S. where many members are actively dedicated to keeping the language alive. Ryan Schuessler explores Idaho's devotion to education and preservation of Basque language and culture. 

Dec. 12, 2014

Idaho PTECH: Building the Last Mile of Opportunity for Rural Students

The Idaho PTECH Network is a partnership between high schools, community colleges and employers so that the middle 50% of Idaho students, no matter where they live, can access college and jobs. 

Idaho PTECH students pick among three prominent local industries--Aerospace / Advanced Manufacturing, Technology and Healthcare--and spend part of their junior and senior high school years taking relevant online college classes through Idaho community colleges. The idea is that students can obtain an industry certificate and/or an associate’s degree within one to two years of high school graduation.

May. 9, 2017

Grow Here: Sonia Galaviz Opening The Door For Opportunity

by Marissa Lovell

Sonia Galaviz never planned on being a teacher. Her sights were set on becoming a lobbyist from the time she began high school in Northern Idaho up until the middle of her college career at Boise State University. Everything changed when she began volunteering at a family literacy program for migrant workers in Caldwell. Witnessing the power reading and writing had in that community, Sonia knew from then on that she was meant to teach.

Sonia teaches fifth-grade at Garfield Elementary – one of the oldest schools in Boise School District that now exemplifies the bright future within the Boise Valley. Although there are 18 languages spoken under Garfield’s roof, one is universal – the language of opportunity. 

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Dec. 16, 2015

Idaho Arts Charter School Plans New Expansion

Idaho Arts Charter School has been the green light to pursue a parcel of land for an expansion of the school at the location of the old Broadmore Golf Club. According to the executive director Jackie Collins the plans to expand the school’s size and student body have been in the works for about two years, but the project is picking up speed after the zoning was designated by the Nampa City Council on the parcel of land. 

Jul. 20, 2016

Timberline Student Honored By Google For Filter Design

A Timberline High School student was honored by Google Tuesday night for his efforts to remove lead from drinking water. Alex Howard is the North American regional winner of the first Google Science Fair Community Impact Award.

Howard said he was inspired by the drinking water crisis in Flint, Michigan to create an affordable lead filter. "Right now in Flint, what they're doing is they're relying on bottled water and those activated charcoal filters to live off their water now, and they don't really have anything else so far," he said. "I wanted to find something that was long-term." 

Howard's design uses simple products including sugar, water and even seashells to safely remove lead. He hopes the filter can be used to decontaminate drinking water around the US until lead pipes can be replaced.

Mar. 5, 2015

Local Companies Donate to Build New WaterShed River Campus

by City of Boise

Several Boise Valley companies have joined the donation campaign to raise $650,000 for a new upgraded outdoor exhibit at the Boise WaterShed Environmental Education Center. The new campus will feature the largest public art collection in Idaho and interactive exhibits to continue education about the water system throughout the Boise Valley. The new River Campus, a collaboration of Boise WaterShed Exhibitis, Inc. and the City of Boise, is expected to be completed in June of 2016. 

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Jun. 13, 2016

CWI Adds Classes to Meet Workforce Demand

by College of Western Idaho

College of Western Idaho (CWI) is continuing to help meet the needs of local employers by expanding its offerings for five professional-technical programs. Based on high requests, both from students and employers, CWI will be adding sessions over the next year for Automotive Technology, Machine Tool Technology, Perioperative Nursing, Software Development, and Welding and Metals Fabrication. The expanded training opportunities will accommodate an additional 90 students.

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Aug. 15, 2016

NNU Rocket Team Prepares for Tuesday Launch

One year of work will all be over in about 15 minutes this Tuesday morning for the Northwest Nazarene University RockSat-X team.

The team members arrived at the NASA Wallops Flight Facility in Chincoteague Island, Virginia, last week to complete testing and prepare their payload for launch on a Malemute two-stage sub-orbital sounding rocket over the Atlantic Ocean. The rocket, which will break the sound barrier leaving the launch pad, reaching Mach 6 in about 30 seconds as it launches 95 miles high in an arc before landing in the ocean, will test how well certain types of technology do under space conditions.

"You can teach stuff, you can do stuff in a lab, but the whole nine-month-to-one-year process of designing something from scratch, building it in a machine shop ... making it work to NASA's specs is so much a learning activity, sometimes painful, like missing a night's sleep. It's such a learning experience of going all the way through to the point of having it checked out in so much detail," NNU engineering professor Steve Parke said in a phone interview from Virginia.

Mar. 24, 2016

36 Idaho Schools Receive STEM Grants

The Idaho STEM Action Center announced Wednesday it has awarded grants up to $1,000 each to 36 educational organizations throughout Idaho to support family friendly science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) events in their communities.

The STEM Center received 44 applications and awarded 36 grants. Total funds awarded exceed $34,000, officials said. This is the second round of grants the STEM Center has distributed. It awarded 23 pre-kindergarten-through-high school grants totaling more than $48,000 in January to schools, libraries and such non-profit organizations as the Boys and Girls Clubs.

The Idaho STEM Action Center was approved during the 2015 legislative session to help produce a competitive workforce by implementing K-through-career science, technology, engineering and math education programs aligned with industry needs. During the 2016 session, the Idaho Legislature set the STEM Action Center’s ongoing annual budget at $2.4 million, appropriated $2 million into a STEM Education Fund to help start up local STEM programs, and approved the addition of a computer science program manager to oversee the Computer Science Initiative.