Congratulations to Jessica Concie, College of Western Idaho’s (CWI) Staff of the Month for October 2019. Working as a One Stop Student Services Representative at the College since June 2018, Concie’s desire to help students stems from her own experience of being a non-traditional student starting her college career at CWI in 2010. Her focus aligns perfectly with CWI’s philosophy, “One Student at a Time”, because that is precisely what her job is. She loves working with students and tailoring her work to each of their individual needs. She constantly receives recognition for going the extra mile and connecting students to the right resources and/or department.
“I sat next to Jessica for almost a year,” said a colleague. “I watched as Jessica listened intently and emotionally supported desperate, confused and frustrated students. Jessica cares deeply enough to follow through. Their worries and struggles were lifted as she pushed forward for them; planting the flag of hope in their hearts.”
Concie is passionate about CWI because it is where her journey to success began. She knows whole-heartedly she would not have accomplished all she has today without CWI and wants this for current and future students. Concie earned an associate degree in Psychology at CWI and her bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences with an emphasis on Psychology and Gender from Boise State University. She has recently began considering the pursuit of a master’s degree in Human Resource Development. Her goal is to become an advisor so she can work with students on a more personal level. She appreciates CWI’s presence in the community providing students the opportunity to have a thorough and robust education to help the Treasure Valley grow economically. She feels like she helps play a small part in this and cannot imagine being anywhere else.
Born in Spokane, Washington, Concie was raised in Fairbanks, Alaska, where she experienced a great childhood. She moved to the Treasure Valley 26 years ago and considers herself an Idaho native. She is a mother to three sons and a daughter ranging in ages from 12 to 22. Her kids definitely keep her on her toes. As they have gotten older and more independent, she loves when they come to visit and when they do things together as a family. She has learned the importance of experiencing new things and new places over monetary possessions. In addition to advancing in her career, Concie would like to travel to places she has never been. She loves birds and owns an African Grey Parrot named Zoey.