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Center For New Directions

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The Center for New Directions (CND) at College of Western Idaho (CWI) is designed to deliver retention and completion support programs to students who are enrolled in or express an interest in Career and Technical Education (CTE), Basic Skills Education, GED, or English as a Second Language programs and meet one of the following criteria:

  • Career Pioneers: Anyone who is training to work in a field traditionally held by the opposite gender.
  • Single Parents: Unemployed or underemployed people who are responsible for a dependent in the home.
  • Displaced Homemakers: Anyone who must seek training or paid employment outside of the home due to separation, divorce, death, or disability of spouse.

“Thank you! Thank you! Thank you so much…for this scholarship. [It] will help me reach my education goals.” ~G.S. a Career and Technical Education Student

Services

Some examples of services include:

  • Referrals to Community Resources/211
  • Referrals to other CWI Resources
  • Scholarships
  • Lending-Learning Library
  • Extracurricular Education Workshops
  • Monthly Mini-Conferences
  • Annual Resource Fair

Scholarships

The Center for New Directions awards scholarships* in the fall and spring of each academic year. The scholarships are: 1) The Career Pioneer Scholarship and 2) The Single Parent Scholarship. Students who meet the following requirements are eligible to apply.

Career Pioneer Scholarship

Student is:

  • Working toward a career that is non-traditional by gender
  • Enrolled at least half-time in a Career and Technical Education Program at CWI
  • In good academic standing
  • Able to demonstrate financial need
  • Has FAFSA on file at CWI

Complete and turn in application form to Annette Grove ([email protected] or NMPT 2122).

Single Parent Scholarship

Student is:

  • A single parent with legal and/or physical and/or shared custody of their children
  • Enrolled at least half-time in a Career and Technical Education Program
  • In good academic standing
  • Able to demonstrate financial need
  • Has FAFSA on file at CWI

Complete and turn in application form to Annette Grove ([email protected] or NMPT 2122).

Applications are due by October 1st of fall semesters and March 1st of spring semesters.

All scholarship recipients are notified by email. All applicants are notified by email once the awarding process is completed.

Once awarded, scholarship monies are processed into the student’s account and distributed according to CWI financial aid guidelines.

*ALL scholarship recipients are required to volunteer at Center for New Directions events at one hour per $100.00 of awarded money.

Lending, Learning Library

The Center for New Directions maintains a small library of books that address the following topics:

  • Stress management
  • Money management
  • People skills
  • Caring for aging parents/spouse
  • Setting and achieving goals
  • Networking
  • Managing change
  • Study skills
  • Parenting
  • And more

Location:
Nampa Campus Micron Center for Professional Technical Education
5725 E. Franklin Road, Nampa, ID 83687
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Room: NMPT 2122
Contact Annette Grove ([email protected]) for more information.

Community Resources

The Center for New Directions can assist you in locating community-based resources. If you find you have need of information about any of the items below, the Self-Help Manual is one place to start:

  • Housing
  • Transportation
  • Food security
  • Mental and physical health
  • Childcare (if you have children)
  • And more...

Events & Programs

  • An Annual Resource Fair (early fall semester)
  • Monthly Mini-Conferences (every third Saturday September through April, except December)
  • The Interview Challenge in conjunction with the Learning Community Coordinators (every fall and spring semester)
  • Networking @ Noon (monthly meetings held at noon)

Locations

Nampa Campus Micron Center for Career and Technical Education
5725 E. Franklin Road
Nampa, ID 83687

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Ada County Campus Pintail Center
1360 S. Eagle Flight Way
Boise, ID 83709

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Canyon County Center
2407 Caldwell Blvd.
Nampa, ID 83651

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