Why does the community college district need this bond measure?
When the voters of Ada and Canyon County created the College of Western Idaho in 2007, a basic level of funding was established to create the college. While that funding provided a good foundation for a typical community college, CWI’s enrollment grew at a rapid pace that exceeded the capacity and funding. Currently, the College serves more than 20,000 students a year, making it the largest community college in Idaho. The College needs to expand to keep up with demand and serve more students. CWI has assumed space in business complexes as a temporary solution; however, these buildings are not a good long-term solution, as they will not accommodate the addition of programs and students that our community needs. The valley is growing quickly and that means CWI will have more students to serve.