Your Community College: The Savvy Choice

FEATURE Your Community College The Savvy Choice Half a decade after the economic recession hit, students are “savvier shoppers” than ever before, a survey finds. In fact, while the US is in official “recovery” mode, 7 in 10 new freshmen say the economy influenced their college choice. This sentiment has grown steadily since 2010, when the recession was declared over. These...
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Student Profile – David Mpoyi

Quiet and observant, David Mpoyi is on a mission. Raised to value hard work and the importance of being educated, the Biology-Healthcare program student works full time and attends the College of Western Idaho (CWI) full time. He is doing everything he can to make things work financially in his quest to become a registered nurse. Mpoyi’s family of nine arrived in Boise eight years ago as...

Start Here, Go There

Starting college at College of Western Idaho is a smart choice for many reasons. The most obvious reason is the cost savings, but what you may not know is that several universities offer additional benefits to students who complete a degree at CWI first. Your journey starts and continues after CWI! Complete your two year degree here, then transfer on to one of our partner institutions and continue...
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Alumni Spotlight – Morgan Harris

When Morgan Harris completed high school, it wasn’t a question of whether she would attend college or not—it was simply a matter of where. After weighing several options, she chose the psychology program at the College of Western Idaho. For her, the decision has been a life changer. After graduating with an associate degree in 2014, she was encouraged to pursue the McNair Research Scholar...
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Exploring Anthropology

CWI Students Experience a Variety of Careers  The opportunities are vast for Anthropology majors. For some, the toughest part of pursuing an Anthropology degree is deciding on a career concentration. By definition, Anthropologists study human origin, development, and behavior. They examine cultures, languages, archeological remains, and physical characteristics of people. It is no surprise...
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Alumni Spotlight – Kailie Leggett

Kailie Leggett has always jumped at the chance to gain life experiences. Although she is just 30 years old, she has already learned a lot about the world first-hand. She has traveled internationally, moved around the country, and explored different interests and passions. Along the way Leggett’s journey led her to College of Western Idaho (CWI), and it was there she discovered her passion for...
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A Head’s Up on Financial Aid

Headache-saving changes are coming Changes are coming to the financial aid process that will make it easier to apply for help and plan ahead for college. Beginning October 1, 2016, students will be able to file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2017-18 year. This pushes the application date up by several months from the current January 1 opening date. Students will...
A CWI student works on the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System donated to the College.

Gifts and Grants Impact Student Learning

Gifts to College of Western Idaho (CWI) come in all shapes and sizes. While some people choose to support the College through monetary donations made to the CWI Foundation, a variety of physical gifts and community-based grants are making a significant, direct impact on student learning. Da Vinci Surgical Machine Source: Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, Boise Value: $2 million...
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Brawn to Brains

Skills are the Future of Advanced Manufacturing You may have heard that manufacturing jobs are a thing of the past. While it’s true that old-fashioned assembly line jobs are dwindling, a new kind of manufacturing job is starved for skilled workers. Today, over 60 percent of manufacturing employees have at least some college education, according to a U.S Department of Commerce report. At...
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Are Online Classes a Good Fit For Me?

QUIZ Are Online Classes a Good Fit For Me? Feeling that I am physically part of a class is a. not necessary. b. somewhat important. c. very important. I generally a. get things done ahead of time. b. need reminders, but get things done on time. c. put things off until the last minute. I prefer to communicate a. in writing. b. in person, but I’m comfortable expressing myself in...
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New Name, Same Demand

Mechatronics Program Continues to Meet Industry Demand Technology is constantly changing the world. Recently, one CWI program experienced a transformation to better align with technology and the times. This spring, the College announced its Electronics Technology program would now be known as Advanced Mechatronics Engineering Technology. The reason? To better align with a budding world of...
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Alumni Spotlight – Jason Billig

When Jason Billig graduated from high school, college wasn’t even a thought. He says he did poorly when it came to math and he barely made it through school. For him, the best choice at the time was to enlist in the United States Navy. Little did Jason know that the three years he spent launching jets from an aircraft carrier would eventually lead him to the Electronics Technology program at...

7 Easy Steps to Enroll at Your Community College

Step 1 APPLY Apply for admissions online (cwidaho.cc/apply) Take a campus tour and apply - $25 application fee waived (cwidaho.cc/visit) Apply for financial aid, CWI Code: 042118 (cwidaho.cc/financialaid) Step 2 SUBMIT OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT Submit your official high school, GED, home schooled transcript or college transcript Fax: 1.888.562.3216 In Person: CWI One Stop...