Governor Little Announces Idaho LAUNCH with CWI

Published: September 21, 2023

Ahead of the application window for Idaho LAUNCH, Governor Brad Little visited College of Western Idaho (CWI) to announce the expanded statewide grant program for Idaho high school seniors on Thursday, Sept. 21. Little was joined by several Idaho state legislators, who worked diligently to pass LAUNCH in the 2023 legislative session, as well as CWI employees, students, and community leaders at the College’s Nampa Campus Micron Education Center (NMEC).

Idaho LAUNCH is an education and training grant program designed to provide graduating high school seniors an opportunity to have 80% of their tuition and fees paid for, up to $8,000. The grant nearly covers the costs of most two-year degrees or certificates at CWI.

To be eligible, students must enroll in apprenticeships, job training, and programs that lead to in-demand careers — which CWI offers more than 100 eligible programs. Plus, for those who qualify, students can apply for scholarships and financial aid to help cover any remaining costs.

“LAUNCH is a game changer for our young Idahoans,” Little said. “Through LAUNCH, Idaho is recognizing that hundreds of career paths after high school deserve our support by offering up to $8,000 to cover the costs of an education or training program that leads to an in-demand career. These are ‘real world’ jobs Idaho employers desperately need to fill.”

CWI strives to give every student the opportunity to create a better future through education and personal empowerment. Whether someone is passionate about technology, healthcare, business, or any other field, CWI has got Idaho students covered.

“At CWI, we believe in the power of affordable, quality education to transform the lives of our students and community,” said CWI President Gordon Jones. “The Idaho LAUNCH event with Governor Little and legislators highlights a shared commitment to providing a brighter future for our great state.”

Priority applications for the Idaho LAUNCH program open Tuesday, Oct. 3, and will run through the end of November. High school students are highly encouraged to apply early.

Take the first step towards a bright future by learning more about Idaho LAUNCH and how you can get started on an affordable pathway to success. Sign up for CWI Idaho LAUNCH Link and visit Next Steps Idaho site for additional Idaho LAUNCH program details. CWI is here to support and guide you every step of the way.

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