One of the founding fathers of College of Western Idaho’s (CWI) Powersports and Small Engine Repair program, Myrl Schroeder, passed away June 21 at the age of 81. Schroeder helped found a Small Engine program in Missoula, Mont. in 1971 and the next year moved to Boise to start a similar program at Boise State University (BSU). He would continue to lead the program at BSU until 1980. The program later transferred to College of Western Idaho from BSU’s Selland College at the College’s inception.
“Advancements in technologies are only successful and appreciated if we have skilled professionals who know how to keep our industries moving forward,” said CWI President Bert Glandon. “Few people have the vision and purpose to pioneer excellence in teaching. Myrl Schroeder’s passion and dedication to the professional-technical industry has forever changed the way technical education is delivered.”
From his early days, Myrl had a desire to share his love for powersports. A professional water-skier and snowmobiler, his passion for powersports poured into the Small Engine program for nearly 32 years. Following his tenure as head instructor, Schroeder continued to serve the program as a Technical Advisory Committee member through this last year.
“Myrl’s commitment to training highly skilled professionals is evident in the classroom every day,” notes CWI Powersports Program Chair, Kirk Wartman. “To this day the Powersport program blends the highest academic standards while respecting the hands-on experiences that enable each student to develop his or her own inspiration on the industry – a belief that Myrl deemed critical for the industry.”
Schroeder’s work will undoubtedly continue to impact Professional Technical Education, both at CWI and throughout Idaho. His oldest son, Jeff, is currently the Assistant Dean for Transportation Programs at CWI. As the longest standing Technical Advisory Committee member for College of Western Idaho, he continued to provide valuable direction to improve student learning throughout his life.
“Idaho’s Professional Technical Education has lost a pioneer, but his legacy will continue in the bright young minds he helped create.”
*Photos courtesy Boise State University and College of Western Idaho.