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While CWI awarded nearly 9,000 financial aid packages in 2014-15, student-loan dollars decreased by 28.4 percent over the previous year.

As a new community college, CWI has embraced the opportunity to develop educational programs that meet the specific needs of our community. We work directly with businesses and industries to develop in-demand programs. We are pioneers in developing new ways to teach—ultimately supporting student success and helping to narrow the skills gap.

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On Sept. 6, CWI's Board of Trustees voted in favor of placing a $180 million general obligation bond on the November 2016 ballot.

Terry Black Transferable photo

“I work full time and pay for my education through my job at the Lighthouse Rescue Mission in Nampa. After several years of working in probation and parole, and helping people go through drug and alcohol rehabilitation, I decided to go to school and become a teacher. I ultimately chose...

Mallory O'Mahony Transformational photo

“Coming right out of high school I admit I was very nervous. The College of Western Idaho made the transition smooth for me. Teaching is a career where I can continue learning new skills with my students and transfer those skills to other aspects of my life. I love to learn and I want...

Laura Grout Debt photo

“It was a leap of faith coming (back) to school and deciding I would try this. For years I felt like I was a failure and that I would never amount to anything educationally, that I would never be able to have a career, or ever be successful. Now I feel like I can. I earn straight As;...

Joy Heideman Preparation photo

“I felt I could never go on to college because I would never graduate. I couldn’t do math. From the moment I started [College Prep Math at College of Western Idaho] I was totally hooked. This program teaches how math correlates and how it all goes together. It has definitely made...

Amber Shoopman Transferable photo

“I spent 16 years working with developmentally disabled people. I truly loved my job, but decided to go back to school after I could no longer do it physically. I chose CWI with the intent to transfer to a four-year school. I am now a member of the McNair’s Scholar program at...

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