The NNU campus in Nampa, Idaho, offers students the safety, convenience and community of a small town. But just a 20-minute drive down the highway sits Boise—the state capital and one of America’s fastest growing cities according to Forbes. Here, students take advantage of the varied internship, employment, cultural and recreational opportunities available in one of the country’s most applauded cities.
U.S. News & World Report recently ranked Boise as the #6 Best Place to Live, saying it “sits squarely on the boundary of urban and rural, civilized and wild, refined and raw. If you value the outdoors and time spent among rivers, mountains, canyons, deserts and lakes—and all the activities encapsulated therein—it’s worth a serious look. Boise functions as a hub for many industries. More recently, a growing technology sector has powered Boise’s economy, led by Micron Technology, Inc.”
The presence of tech firms like Micron means increased opportunities for student internships and funded research. For his senior engineering design project, NNU grad Erik Anderson (’16) worked with a team of students on a Micron-sponsored project to develop an insole that would test foot pressure and stress. Other NNU research teams have worked with local companies like PakSense and American Semiconductor Inc.