CWI Difference FAQs

How does CWI focus programs?

CWI recognizes Idaho’s skills gap between our current workforce and the needed workforce for business and industry to continue to grow and thrive. Alongside state and local leaders, the College continues to research these gaps and respond with programs that provide the training to meet...

How does CWI partner with education institutions in Idaho?

We work collaboratively with Idaho’s other community colleges, North Idaho College and College of Southern Idaho, to ensure our communities have access to education that bridges the gap to a successful career and improve the go‐on rates and attainment of certificates or degrees. We...

How has CWI met the demand up till now?

Since our first class offerings in January 2009, CWI’s enrollment has skyrocketed making us not only the newest community college in Idaho, but now the largest community college in the state – and one of the fastest growing colleges in the Nation. To keep up with the demand, CWI...

How is CWI addressing the workforce gap?

Idaho employers indicate that 61% of the jobs by 2018 will require a post‐secondary credential. In addition to bachelor degrees and higher degree levels, post‐secondary credentials also include industry certifications and associate degrees which can be attained through shorter term training...

How is CWI different than a university?

As a community college, CWI provides open access regardless of financial or previous educational attainment. CWI offers programs that lead to associate degrees that can be transferred on to a four-year university and short-term certificates that provide proof of skillset for direct entry...

How is CWI funded?

CWI has three primary funding sources: tuition & fees, state funding (from the general fund, liquor funds, and Professional Technical Education allocations), and funding from county property taxes.

CWI’s tuition and fees are nearly half the cost of Idaho’s...

How is CWI Governed?

An important note of distinction regarding CWI is that in addition to the oversight provide by the Idaho State Board of Education, CWI is governed by a locally elected five member Board of Trustees. Unlike our university counterparts that report direct to the State Board of Education, Idaho...

How is CWI helping Idaho meet its educational goals?

Idaho has an ambitious goal that 60% of Idahoans ages 25-34 will have a degree or certificate by 2020. With students ranging in age from 16 to 81 and robust program offerings, CWI is a gateway for students regardless of age, ethnicity, financial or academic status. Since the first class...

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