College of Western Idaho (CWI) is celebrating the success of alum Carlos Gonzales, who earned a runner-up finish at the 50th-annual national SkillsUSA  competition in Kansas City, Mo., June 23-27. Gonzales was one of seven competitors representing CWI at the prestigious event, which hosted over 6,000 students from around the country.
Gonzales, a Boise resident, captured his silver medal in the Internetworking competition. The event featured over 60 competitors between the secondary and post-secondary levels. He earned his trip to nationals following a first-place finish at the SkillsUSA State Leadership Conference in April.
Gonzales is a native of Peru who moved to the United States in 2003 and relocated to Idaho in 2010. He graduated from the Cisco Network and Security Technologies program at CWI in May and is currently employed as a network administrator at Emmett High School.
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The College of Western Idaho is a public, open-access, and comprehensive community college committed to providing affordable access to quality teaching and learning opportunities to the residents of its service area in western Idaho. CWI has seven campus locations throughout Southwest Idaho providing higher education and 21st Century technical skills acquisition. The college is dedicated to improving the community’s economic well-being by responding with highly-educated and productive graduates. The foundation for the area’s only community college was created by a supermajority of voters in Ada and Canyon counties on May 22, 2007. For more information about the college, visit www.cwidaho.cc or call (208) 562-3000.