Congratulations to Assistant Professor of Business, Ryan Hanson, College of Western Idaho’s (CWI) Faculty of Distinction for February 2022. Prior to CWI, he worked in the IT Services industry for a decade while earning a master’s degree in Business Administration from Northwest Nazarene University.
“Education runs in my family,” Hanson said. “Both of my parents worked in the Nampa School District and believed every child had the right to a good education. I found that same mission at CWI focused on adult learning. I believe education is the great equalizer. It opens doors for individuals and their communities.”
Over the past seven years as CWI faculty, Hanson has taught a variety of Business courses including Business Communication, Business Statistics, Personal Finance and Business Math, and Business Software Applications.
“Ryan has been a fantastic teacher throughout the various semesters I was fortunate enough to learn from him,” said student, Gabby Minor. “The availability and flexibility he offers his students is essential in our educational success at CWI, and for that, I cannot thank him enough. He is a stats wizard and truly shows instructional excellence while providing a go-getter attitude each day. As stats course content begins to rear its teeth, he is encouraging supplying his students with the tools necessary to conquer it. I will always recommend Ryan to current and future students. Thank you!”
“I am always amazed at the caliber of students we have at CWI,” said Hanson. “Community Colleges are often perceived as being for lesser students, but that is just not true at CWI. Despite being open to all, CWI attracts and develops very capable individuals who go on to succeed in their chosen fields, both professionally and continuing on to a four-year degree.”
The spirit of the CWI community is something Hanson finds unique.
“Offering low barriers to a first-rate education, CWI empowers students from all walks of life to reach their goals. I think one of the best things about CWI is we have former students who have come back to teach here. Our impact on their lives was such they wanted to come back and be a part of the CWI community again. The legacy we are beginning is going to be amazing to watch!”
Hanson was born and raised in Nampa, Idaho. He and his spouse have four kids ages 16, 14, 13, and 8. He enjoys camping with his family, reading, and woodworking when he can find the time.