College of Western Idaho

Sunday, March 8, 2015

College of Western Idaho Accepts Applications for New Law Enforcement Program

Posted By on Sun, Mar 8, 2015 at 12:27 PM

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The College of Western Idaho is now accepting applications for a new law enforcement program, which will train students to become patrol officers or work in a jail setting. The program was approved by the Idaho Peace Officer Standards and Training Council and will be run by retired Nampa Chief of Police LeRoy Forsman, who has been appointed as chair of the program.

The program is part of CWI’s Professional Technical Education division. All the classes will be taught by certified POST academy instructors at the college’s campus in Nampa.

Students in the program can either complete a two-year Associate of Applied Science degree or an 11-month technical certificate.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of patrol officer jobs is expected to grow 6 percent on a state and national scale between 2012-2022. A 5 percent increase is also expected for correctional officer jobs over the same time.

“Law enforcement agencies throughout the region have a need to fill open positions,” stated Forsman in a news release. “Our goal at CWI is to provide these agencies with educated, well trained people who will be the next generation of peace officers.”

The program officially begins in fall 2015, with 25 students. Applications are due by May 1. Students must be 21 years or older to test for fitness, firearms and the POST exam.
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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Governor's Cup Scholarship Winners Announced

Posted By on Wed, Jun 18, 2014 at 12:25 PM

This year's Governor's Cup award winners. - GOVERNOR'S CUP/SARAH FURIMAN
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  • This year's Governor's Cup award winners.

With the cost of attending college at an all-time high, "college tuition" might as well be a four-letter word. But for 23 high-school students from across Idaho, the burden of attendance just got a little lighter.

On June 17, Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter met with the 23 recipients of the Governor's Cup Scholarships. Selected from a pool of more than 500 applicants, the winners, all future attendees of Idaho colleges and universities, will receive $3,000 per year for demonstrated commitments to public service, academic excellence and community involvement. Scholarships are renewable for up to four years.

Here are the winners:

Academic scholarships for four-year programs: 

Margarita Alcaraz – Caldwell High School – Attending Northwest Nazarene University

Matthew Brink – Orofino High School – Attending the University of Idaho

Sydney Cornell – Genesee High School – Attending Lewis-Clark State College

Raven Crossley – Mountain Home High School – Attending the University of Idaho

Natasha Dacic – Boise High School – Attending the College of Idaho

Lydia Garner – Sugar-Salem High School, Rexburg – Attending BYU-Idaho

Sadie Heindel – Middleton High School – Attending Boise State University

Sarah Hibbert – Century High School, Pocatello – Attending Idaho State or BYU-Idaho

Sam Jacobson – Borah High School, Boise – Attending Boise State University

Mikaela Jenson – Firth High School, Basalt – Attending BYU-Idaho

Cameron Kirk – Lewiston High School – Attending Lewis-Clark State College

Ryleigh Moore – Rocky Mountain High School, Meridian – Attending Boise State University

Abbey Olsen – Preston High School – Attending Idaho State University

Shaleeni Prasad – Nampa High School – Attending Boise State University

Jaycee Rade – Coeur d’Alene High School, Hayden – Attending the University of Idaho

Clayton Schoessler – Bliss High School – Attending Boise State University

Leslie Thompson – Parma High School, Greenleaf – Attending the University of Idaho

Jade Tyler – Parma High School, Parma – Attending Northwest Nazarene University

Caleb Williams – North Gem High School, Bancroft – Attending Idaho State University

Allysha Yasuda – Fruitland High School – Attending the University of Idaho

Professional Technical two- and three-year programs:

Skyler Badertscher – Timberlake High School, Athol – Attending Lewis-Clark State College

Nathan Haight – Highland School, Craigmont – Attending Lewis-Clark State College

Jordan Peterson – Cole Valley Christian School, Meridian – Attending the College of Western Idaho
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Thursday, April 24, 2014

CWI Suspends Enrollment in Culinary Arts Programs

Posted By on Thu, Apr 24, 2014 at 10:32 AM

The College of Western Idaho Board of Trustees has voted to suspend any new enrollment in its Culinary Arts and Baking/Pastry Arts programs effective this fall.

Before the formal creation of CWI in 2009, as many as 13 professional technical programs were offered on the campus of Boise State University. But over the years, many of the programs have shifted to CWI's Nampa and Ada County campuses, leaving the culinary program, as well as the Surgical Technology and Dental Assistance programs at BSU.

The Surgical Technology and Dental Assistance programs are shifting to CWI's Ada County campus this summer, and CWI has also decided not to accept any new enrollment in its culinary and baking programs until further notice.

It turns out that many of the culinary and baking facilities have become out of date, and CWI will need to provide a new home and facilities before it begins taking in new students.

CWI President Bert Glandon said the decision was "difficult and full of emotion."

Current culinary students will not be affected and will be able to complete their program, according to CWI. The current students will remain at the Boise State facility until December 2015.

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Saturday, July 20, 2013

CWI Looking to Outsource IT

Posted By on Sat, Jul 20, 2013 at 11:00 AM

The College of Western Idaho, which offers postsecondary education in information technical fields and hands out Associate of Applied Sciences degrees for network administration and information security, in addition to advanced technical certificates, is exploring options to outsource its IT services.

This morning's Idaho Press-Tribune reports that CWI officials have received proposals from outside companies to take over its information technology department and could make a decision within a week that may turn over its IT to a third party.

Jennifer Couch, CWI communications and marketing director, told the Press-Tribune that the otusourcing was part of the college's strategic plan, not necessarily designed to save money.

Currently, CWI employs 25 individuals in its IT department

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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Citydesk Gets First Look at CWI Micron Center

Posted By on Thu, May 31, 2012 at 2:53 PM

Crews putting finishing touches at Micron Center for Professional Technical Education
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  • Crews put finishing touches on the Micron Center for Professional Technical Education today at the College of Western Idaho's Nampa campus.


The College of Western Idaho expects to open portions of its new Micron Center for Professional Technical Education as early as Monday, June 11, with the entire building opening in time for the start of the fall semester at the Nampa campus on Monday, Aug. 27. Boise Weekly was among those to get a first look inside the $16.9 million project that will include student services, a campus bookstore, administrative offices, tutoring, classrooms and industry labs.

“Our [department] has been in the same facilities for over 30 years, and we outgrew those facilities about 25 years ago,” said Jeff Schroeder, transportation department chair.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Micron Cuts $2.5 Million Check for Building Remodel

Posted By on Wed, Jan 25, 2012 at 9:22 AM

Micron, already boasting a significant presence at Boise State, today announced a $2.5 million gift to the College of Western Idaho. Additionally, CWI announced it would put Micron's name on its soon-to-be-renovated professional technical center.

The J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation purchased the building and later gifted it to CWI. The college has been remodeling the future professional center since May 2011. The college announced today that the Micron gift will help it complete the $16.9 million renovation.

Micron Technology and its foundation have contributed $13 million toward a Boise State campaign to help launch a doctoral program in materials science and engineering. That git came on top of a $12.5 million donation to help build Boise State's new College of Business and Economics center, under construction at Capitol Boulevard and University Drive. The Micron donations are, to date, the two largest gifts ever given to Boise State.

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Sunday, August 14, 2011

CWI Registers New Students

Posted By on Sun, Aug 14, 2011 at 10:06 AM

The College of Western Idaho begins another year tomorrow morning when CWI President Bert Glandon presents his Fall 2011 college address at the Nampa Civic Center.

New student orientation is slated for Tuesday, Aug. 16. More than 8,000 students are expected to be enrolled this fall. Students are taking an average of 11.6 credits, exceeding national averages for community colleges. Enrollment is projected to hit 10,000 in 2012. CWI now has seven campus locations throughout Southwest Idaho.

CWI trustees recently renewed Glandon's contract for three years. He receives a salary of $175,000.

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