College of Western Idaho (CWI) welcomed local business and community leaders to its main campus in Nampa on Wednesday (July 13), to share the vision for a new Health Science Building and a Student Success Center in Nampa. The event, which was held on the lawn of CWI’s Nampa Campus Academic Building, highlighted the demand and plan for campus growth through 2040.
CWI President Bert Glandon explained the historic growth and accomplishments of the college, and shared work that has been completed to identify the projected needs of the community in the future. Glandon said, “CWI is at a pivotal point in its development. We have moved from a brand new institution addressing the pent-up demand in the Treasure Valley, to a college that is evolving into an economic catalyst for our region.”
Programming has been completed for two buildings on the Nampa Campus. The Health Science Building will help consolidate programs like Nursing, Surgical Technology, Phlebotomy, and emergency responder programs to better utilize resources. The Student Success Center, meanwhile, will house counseling, tutoring, library, veteran support, transfer services, and other critical services students need to be successful in completing their degree.
President Glandon was joined by Nampa Mayor Bob Henry, Nampa Chamber of Commerce CEO Debbie Kling, Nampa School District Superintendent David Peterson, and CWI alumna Crystal Villanueva in sharing personal stories about CWI’s impact on the community. In addition to talking about development plans, Glandon also shared about an update of the College’s Strategic Plan. The nearly completed plan outlines the vision and inspiration for the College.
Glandon added, “We know that the Treasure Valley is expected to see significant growth in the next 25 years in both people who live here and the growing economic development for the region. And, it is critical that we have affordable access to high quality career and transfer degree opportunities. We must prepare now for what is coming in the next five to ten years.”
CWI is planning to host a similar event on the Boise property located at the corner of Whitewater Park Blvd. and Main Street to share its vision for a permanent Ada County Campus in Boise on August 9, 2016.