Completing the General Education Academic Certificate at College of Western Idaho (CWI) is an important first milestone in your pursuit of a college degree. You will earn 36 credits that transfer to any public college or university in Idaho. Coursework covers six competency areas that are based on a statewide framework. You will have a variety of courses to select from to fulfill each area requirement.
CWI Designated Areas:
The General Education program at CWI emphasizes good citizenship and prepares graduates to be life-long learners who can adapt to change. General Education integrates essential learning skills into a program of study designed to help graduates thrive in a rapidly changing world. Throughout a variety of broad-based courses, students learn to learn, to make connections, to solve problems and to reason ethically. General Education courses prepare students to explore, analyze, and solve challenges in various contexts, and include information and skills related to communication, mathematical reasoning, the physical world, and human society. All students earning an Associate of Arts (AA) or Associate of Science (AS) complete the General Education Academic Certificate as part of their degree.
General Education at College of Western Idaho prepares students for personal, communal, and global responsibility. Courses encourage critical thinking, creativity, appreciation of art and culture, and a better understanding of our global society. Students are prepared to pursue fulfilling and purposeful lives with resilience and perseverance.
Why This Program
The Academic Certificate for General Education marks a significant milestone towards the AA or AS degrees. This certificate is designed as a transfer certificate that acknowledges the completion of CWI’s General Education Program.
The General Education Academic Certificate accounts for 36 of 60 credits for any AA or AS degree at CWI. To ensure maximum transfer of credits, students are encouraged to complete the General Education Academic Certificate. This certifies the student will transfer with evidence of a completed program of study and will not have to complete additional general education courses within the state of Idaho.
Requirements and Costs
Degrees and Certificates
General Education Certificate
Important Dates for Credit Programs
|Spring 2017||Summer 2017||Fall 2017|
|Registration Open||November 14||April 10||April 10|
|Financial Aid Priority Date||December 5||May 15||July 10|
|Admission Deadline||December 30||May 19||August 4|
|Last Day to Register||January 13||June 2||August 18|
|Tuition and Fees Due||January 13||June 2||August 18|
|Classes Begin||January 17*||June 5*||August 21|
|*Some classes begin before or after this date. See the class schedule for more information.|
Navigating your way through college can be confusing, especially if you try to go it alone. CWI One Stop Student Services offers advising assistance, to help in deciding which courses you need to take to complete your educational goals. Visit Advising for more information or contact One Stop Student Services to schedule an appointment.
Students can apply for the General Education Certificate to be awarded when they have completed the requirements.
Connecting With Ideas
Connecting With Ideas (CWID 101) is the first semester student success course designed to help CWI students become engaged members of the academic community and cultivate habits for lifelong achievement and success. Each semester, students can select from a variety of themes. More information about next semesters CWID 101 themes
Look beyond your degree at CWI and plan for continuing your education by working closely with CWI advising and representatives of your intended transfer school. Planning before you transfer can save you time and money. Visit Transfer Information for more information or contact One Stop Student Services.
Financial Aid Available
Did you know that as a student in this program you may be eligible for financial aid? Through grants, scholarships, and loans, more than 60 percent of first-time, full-time CWI students receive some form of financial assistance. To learn more about financial aid options and whether you may be eligible, visit Financial Aid.
Tuition and Fees
Tuition for a full-time CWI student averages half the cost of a state university and a third of the cost of a private college. Tuition and fees vary based on program and residence. Visit Tuition and Fees for more information.
The skills developed in CWI’s General Education program help students succeed in any work environment because employers want people who can solve problems, communicate effectively, and apply skills and knowledge to new situations. Graduates understand that success in our interconnected world requires consideration of multiple perspectives, cultures, and contexts. The General Education Academic Certificate will ensure students gain these skills and are well prepared for employment.