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Foundation

Why does CWI need a Foundation?

There are many reasons for the development of a Foundation to assist CWI. The Foundation is an active channel to involve the community as well as CWI's alumni, students, and employees in the overall growth and stability of the College. A strong College Board of Trustees and Foundation Board of Directors who are prominent and active citizens, not only open doors to needed dollars, but also help to inspire other citizens with an appreciation for the mission and future goals of the CWI.

Why does CWI need private funding?

Private philanthropy is what transforms a good college into an extraordinary one. There are several reasons for a tax-assisted community college to seek private contributions:

  • The budget required by the College is only partially met by state allocations.
  • The state does not provide funds for the start-up of new programs, high-tech equipment, or progressive teaching initiatives.
  • We must seek private gifts and donor support to maintain and expand desire programs and services-as well as to provide scholarship assistance.
Will I meet my scholarship recipient(s)?

The CWI Foundation strives to create opportunities for donors and scholarship recipients to meet.

Law Enforcement

Am I too old to apply?

No one is too old! However, you must pass the fitness exam, as well as, all of the other required assessments and tests as listed on the Law Enforcement Information Sheet and Application.

Are the additional costs above tuition?

There is cost to the student for the hearing, eye, vision, and medical exams. Students are required to purchase a classroom uniform, sweats, and a t-shirt and shorts for fitness and defensive tactics training. Student fees are estimated at approximately $300.

Can I still work while in the program?

Students have found it difficult to hold a full-time (32-40 hour/wk) position and attend the program due to scheduling issues and hours spent on coursework. However, it is up to you whether or not you choose to work.

 

Can I take various LE classes when it is convenient for me?

No. The program is set up in a very specific manner. It is all or nothing.

Do I have to go to the POST Academy upon completion of the CWI LE Program?

Generally with certification through CWI, agencies that hire graduates do not need to send that person to the academy because they are POST certifiable. It is at the agency’s discretion.

For more information contact:

LeRoy Forsman - Chair, Law Enforcement Program College of Western Idaho @ 208-412-1228

How do credits transfer to the semester system from a quarter system?

If you transfer credit from an institution that operates on a quarter credit system, your credit hours will be converted to semester credits. For example, a three-credit course on the quarter system will transfer as two credits to a semester system. If a course has been evaluated as equivalent, you will not need to repeat it to make up deficiencies in credit. You will, however, be responsible for earning the minimum total hours required for graduation.

How do I get certified in the State of Idaho?

There are three options to get certified. 1) Become employed by an agency and be sent to the academy by that agency. 2) Self-sponsor through POST. 3) Go through the CWI LE (or other similar) program.

How do I learn more about the Law Enforcement Program at CWI?

Attend a Law Enforcement Information Session.

How long is the Law Enforcement program?

The student is required to complete the 11 month program plus pass 16 general elective credits and 27 criminal justice credits from a set curriculum. This allows student to complete an Associate of Applied Science degree in Law Enforcement.

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