At the College of Western Idaho’s inception in 2007, Boise was one of the last metropolitan areas in the country lacking a community college. In March of that year, the Idaho legislature appropriated $5m as a base budget for fiscal year 2008. In May, a supermajority of voters in Canyon and Ada counties voted to form a community college district, known as the College of Western Idaho Community College District [the District]. In June, the Albertson Foundation pledged a donation of $10m to launch the College of Western Idaho [the College]. In July, the Idaho State Board of Education appointed five community members (Jerry Hess, Hatch Barrett, Mark Dunham, Guy Hurlbutt, and Mary (M.C) Niland) to serve as the first Board of Trustees [the Board]. With the closure of the Selland College of Applied Technology at Boise State University and the transfer of its programs, personnel, and the Nampa properties to the new institution, the College officially opened its doors to students at its main location on what had been Boise State University’s West Campus and at the Canyon County Center on the Nampa-Caldwell Boulevard.

CWI locations include:

  • Nampa Campus
    • Academic Building (NCAB) - 5500 E Opportunity Drive, Nampa, ID 83687
    • Micron Education Center (NMEC) – 5725 E Franklin Road, Nampa, ID83687
    • Aspen Classroom Building (NASP) – 6002 Birch Lane, Nampa, ID 83687
    • Administrative Building (NADM) - 6056 Birch Lane, Nampa, ID 83687
    • Professional Truck Driving (NPTD)- 5252 Treasure Valley Way, Nampa, ID 83687
    • Multipurpose Building (NCMP) – 6042 Birch Lane, Nampa, ID 83687
  • Canyon County Center (CCC) - 2407 Caldwell Blvd., Nampa ,ID. 83651
  • Boise Center
    • Pintail Building (BPIN) - 1360 South Eagle Flight Way, Boise, ID 83709
    • Quail Building (BQUL) – 1450 S. Eagle Flight Way, Boise, ID 83709
    • Lynx Building (BLYN) –9300 W. Overland Road, Boise, ID 83709
    • Mallard Building (BMAL) – 9100 W. Black Eagle Drive, Boise, ID 83709
  • CWI Horticulture (HORT) - 2444 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise, ID 83712