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It turns out that many of the culinary and baking facilities have become out of date, and CWI will need to provide a new home and facilities before it begins taking in new students.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