Sep. 28, 2015

Tall buildings will dot the CWI Boise campus

College of Western Idaho will likely bring serious vertical elements to Boise’s down-to-the-earth flat West End at Main Street and Whitewater Park Boulevard.

Three design concepts drawn up by Boise-based CTA Architects imagine a distinctly urban community college campus potentially clustered with four or five buildings and one building as tall as 10 stories.

Two concepts top out at seven stories with four shorter but still tallish buildings. Another concept plants a 10-story building along Whitewater but increases campus green space with only three buildings and a large central plaza.

The property has the same C-5 commercial zoning as the downtown core and has no height limitations.

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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Jun. 29, 2016

CWI Celebrates First SkillsUSA National Title

by College of Western Idaho

College of Western Idaho (CWI) is celebrating a historic trip to the 2016 SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference held June 20-24 in Louisville, Kentucky. A group of CWI students and recent graduates won medals in a school record five events, including the College’s first-ever SkillsUSA national championship. Steve Silva brought home the honor with his first-place performance in the Prepared Speech competition. Since 2010, CWI students have medaled at the SkillsUSA national event 11 times. 

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Aug. 20, 2015

CWI Plans for Future Growth

There are 20,000 students enrolled at the College of Western Idaho, and by 2045, CWI anticipates that number will double. The school has seen a 40 percent increase in dual credit students, and apprenticeship enrollment is at its highest in five years. To accommodate those increases head on, the school is also looking for ways to expand its footprint in Ada County, Glandon said Wednesday during his annual State of the College Address. 

Aug. 2, 2016

CWI’s Near Future Promises Two Buildings for the Nampa Campus

One building begets a second building, then a third building and eventually an entire college’s worth of buildings. That’s the continuing story at the College of Western Idaho, the seven year old community college in Nampa that has grown to more than 20,000 students.

CWI intends to start construction within one year on a three story, 80,000 square foot Health Sciences Building directly across the canal from the Academic Building. The estimated $32 million to $35 million building is anticipated to be ready for students in fall 2019. Anchoring the south end of the future quad will be the 140,000 square foot Student Success Center. Construction on the $40 million project is foreseen for an early 2020 start with completion predicted for fall 2021...

Feb. 4, 2016

Saint Alphonsus Donation Brings Cutting-Edge Technology to CWI

by College of Western Idaho

Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise has donated a da Vinci Robotic Surgical System to the College of Western Idaho's (CWI) Surgical Technology program. The system allows surgeons to perform complex surgical procedures through the use of an interactive robot with instrument arms, and 3D HD cameras that provide a magnified view from inside the body. The da Vinci Surgical System, which was used at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise for the past decade, will now be used to teach students in CWI’s Surgical Technology program.

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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.”

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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Mar. 23, 2016

Unique Project Captures True Spirit of Collaboration

by College of Western Idaho

College of Western Idaho (CWI) is preparing to celebrate the arrival of a unique work of art. For the past several months, Boise artist Alma Gomez and students taking Art classes at CWI have been working to create a one-of-a-kind painted mural. The artwork will be the College’s first public piece of art, and will be a significant addition to CWI's campus. “The idea (for this project) came from our Visiting Artist program—a program that brings an artist every year to our campus to have a lecture and hold a workshop,” Goran Fazil, CWI art instructor, said. “Knowing that in the past Alma painted murals at different locations, including Boise State University, we decided to ask if she would be interested in painting a mural for our College.” Called Spirit of Collaboration, this project has been a true learning process for students from beginning to end. 

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May. 9, 2017

Grow Here: Luis Caloca Turning Ideas Into Action

by Marissa Lovell

Luis Caloca, Director of Enrollment Management and One Stop at College of Western Idaho, has paved his way by turning ideas into action. Starting out in Wilder within a predominantly Hispanic community, Luis’s life was transformed when his family moved to Canyon County and enrolled him in West Canyon Elementary – at the time, a school with very few Hispanic students. 

Experiences like that led him and two others to create the Future Hispanic Leaders of America in their senior year – an organization committed to helping Hispanic students advance in education by assisting with college admission, finding scholarships and grants and serving as a support group for those sharing similar experiences.

These pivotal experiences early on in Luis’s education paved the way to a career in higher education – specifically a career where he could work with students and the community to address the same adversity he felt as a student.

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Mar. 18, 2015

College of Western Idaho Launches Self-Service Food Market

by College of Western Idaho News

The College of Western Idaho has partnered with Canteen, a national vending machine operating company, to provide a self-service food and vending market. The project kicked off with a micro-market that is open for business at the Ada County Campus Pintail Center, offering fresh food, snacks and drinks available for purchase. The micro-market, which is based on the concept of an honor system for payment, will be in operation for the next six months to determine the success and feasibility of expanding the service amongst other locations. 

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May. 4, 2015

College of Western Idaho and IDeal Announce Innovative Scholarship Program

by College of Western Idaho News

The College of Western Idaho and IDeal—Idaho 529 College Savings Program have partnered to launch an innovative scholarship program. The scholarship, called “CWIDeal Boost,” will provide matching funds provided by the College of Western Idaho to qualifying students who make tuition and fee payments to CWI directly from an IDeal 529 College Savings Account. The scholarship is one-of-a-kind, demonstrating CWI's willingness to invest in students that are willing to invest in themselves. 

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Dec. 8, 2015

College of Western Idaho Proceeding Forward with Purchase of Property in Boise

by College of Western Idaho

Upon completion of due diligence for the property at the corner of Main Street and Whitewater Blvd. in Boise, the College of Western Idaho Board of Trustees has decided to waive conditions and continue forward with the intent to purchase the land as amended with a reduction of $150,000. The Board made their decision based on a thorough review of factors such as cost, environmental test, land surveys, audits, development options, comments from city officials, and community input.

CWI’s enrollment has grown to more than 20,000 students a year being served through academic and workforce training. To keep up with the demand for an educated and career ready workforce, the College has assumed leased spaces in business complexes that cost more than $2 million a year. These locations are not ideal for long-term sustainability and program growth. To continue to help bridge the skills gaps of individuals and businesses of Ada and Canyon Counties, CWI is planning for the future by investing in permanent campus facilities in Boise and Nampa along with robust online tools.

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Mar. 10, 2015

College of Western Idaho Wins Fourth National Speech and Debate Title

The Speech and Debate team at the College of Western Idaho (CWI) won the national title for the two-year college category at the Pi Kappa Delta National Comprehensive Tournament last week. The student team competed against 79 schools from across the nation, including two-year and four-year schools. In the past five years, CWI has placed every year and taken home the national title four times. 

Apr. 22, 2015

College of Western Idaho Announces Purchase of 10 Acres in Boise

by CWI

Today, College of Western Idaho (CWI) Board of Trustees approved entering into an agreement to purchase approximately 10 acres of land at 3150 W. Main St. which is located at the intersection of Main and Whitewater Park Blvd. adjacent to the Boise River. The site which was previously the home of the Bob Rice Ford car dealership is planned for future development of programs to support the educational needs of the surrounding communities.

Since its first class offering in January 2009, College of Western Idaho’s enrollment has skyrocketed. This fall 10,217 credit students and an additional 10,480 non-credit program students enrolled across the College’s campuses in Nampa and Boise, community locations, and online. This record enrollment included more than 7,000 students attending classes at various leased Ada County locations including the current Ada County Campus at Overland and Maple Grove in Boise.

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