Bond Quick Facts 2016

College of Western Idaho has placed a $180 million general obligation bond on the November 8, 2016 ballot. This will be the first time that the voters of Ada and Canyon County have been approached for a bond since CWI’s inception in 2007. The College has grown from 1,200 students in its first semester in 2009 to serving more than 20,000 students a year with projected continued growth.

How much is the bond?

  • Amount of general obligation bond to be issued: $180 million
  • Rate based on property taxable value
  • Estimated tax payer cost per $100,000 of taxable value each year for 25 years: $22.31 a year, $1.86 a month

Requirements for a successful vote.

  • Requires a supermajority (66.7%) of Ada and Canyon County voters to pass

What is it for?

The bond measure is to develop the College of Western Idaho to best educate students and support businesses. It will address the campus capacity needs of the College’s current programs and allow for expansion of programs and serving more students.

  • Increase local access to affordable, high-quality educational programs that allow students to transfer to a university or enter directly into a career
  • Expand career ready programs in skilled, high-demand professions such as health sciences, technology and business
  • Maintain and improve the high standards in educational delivery

What are the campus projects?

Nampa Campus

Spring 2019 Target Completion

  • Health Science & Central Services Buildings
    Addressing health care jobs in high demand and driving operational efficiency and sustainability
    • Healthcare industry is expected to have the largest increase of workforce need in Idaho
    • State-of-industry health career training in support of high demand jobs including:
      • Nursing
      • Medical & Surgical Technicians
      • Emergency Response Professionals
    • Centralized infrastructure facility serving all current and future campus buildings
      • Campus site infrastructure including utilities, roadways and campus commons that will save the College money and prepare for future campus growth.
      • Designed to provide flexibility for future campus growth through sustainability and high efficiency systems

Spring 2021 Target Completion

  • Student Success Center & Career Technical Facilities
    Expanding job ready programs and ensuring student success
    • Student Success Center will serve as central hub for supporting students, staff and the community. Services and resources, including:
      • Library Learning Commons
      • Registration and financial advising 
      • Career advisement and transferability
      • Clubs and Organizations Center
      • Community Meeting Space
    • Career Technical Facilities will centralize and expand program support for high demand agriculture, horticulture and truck driving career ready programs

Ada County Campus in Boise

Spring 2020 Target Completion

  • New urban campus supporting Boise metro students, businesses and community
    • Initial phase of Boise campus to include high-demand programs such as two-year associate degrees that transfer and career technical programs including Information Technology, Management and Business Support Services
    • Designed with strong flexibility for training labs, dynamic classrooms and meeting spaces
    • House programs already offered in Boise serving more than 7,000 students with anticipated growth

College Facts

  • CWI serves more than 20,000 students a year
  • Since 2009, 5,000 students have earned associate degrees and technical certificates
  • CWI has a 91% positive placement of professional-technical program completers
  • Students in CWI’s Academic Transfer programs complete 22,000 student-to-community hours each year
  • Through active advising efforts, CWI student borrowing decreased by 28.4% in the 2014-2015 academic year
  • Last year more than 4,000 high school students attained college credit from CWI
  • CWI’s Academic Transfer programs offer direct transfer access to all Idaho’s four-year colleges and universities
  • CWI is nearly half the cost of Idaho’s public universities and about a quarter of private colleges