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College of Western Idaho Shouldn't Raise Tax Levy without Strong Public Support

January 25, 2012

The College of Western Idaho has been a tremendous success story — not just locally, but nationwide. It has been one of the fastest-growing community colleges in the country.

Now college officials are urging more financial support to keep that success going. In other words, they want more money from you.

Even the biggest optimist probably wouldn’t have predicted that in just three years enrollment would balloon from 1,208 students in spring 2009 to more than 8,000 in fall 2011, with estimates of more than 10,000 this spring. Gov. Butch Otter mentioned the school’s stellar progress in his State of the State address earlier this month when he said North Idaho College and the College of Southern Idaho had agreed to give CWI an additional $1 million in state funding.

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