CWI Compass Connect - June 29, 2021
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CWI Night at the Hawks – July 29
Enjoy a night at the ballpark, and support students at the next CWI Night Thursday, July 29! College of Western Idaho (CWI) is proud to partner with the Boise Hawks to SCORE Big for scholarships as the Hawks take on the Idaho Falls Chukars. Students, alumni, employees, family, and friends of the CWI community are all invited to attend.
Your $10 ticket to the game includes a shaded seat in the CWI section on the third-base line. $5 of each CWI group ticket purchased goes directly back to the SCORE Big Scholarship fund. During the game, two lucky CWI students will be awarded $1,000 SCORE Big Scholarships!
Interested in attending CWI or know someone who is? Start out with a WIN by applying for the SCORE Big Scholarship. The application period for the next SCORE Big Scholarship, which will be awarded during a future CWI Night, opens July 6, 2021.
Workforce Development Announces New Streamlined Registration System
College of Western Idaho’s Workforce Development (WD) is excited to announce a new, streamlined registration process for students to quickly find and enroll in WD and Basic Skills Training at the College.
“We offer a wide variety of skills-based courses for those starting in a new field including healthcare, tradesman apprenticeships, and manufacturing,” said Tyler Brown, Director of WD Operations. “We regularly upgrade our programs to offer more convenient access to content, providing students a better experience as they gain the qualifications they need to begin a new career.”
Classes offered through WD and Basic Skills Training are an excellent way for students to increase their knowledge, and quickly gain the skills to obtain employment and apprenticeship training or retrain for new opportunities. There are more than 30 short-term, credit-free programs to choose from, ranging from eight hours to four years to complete. Visit the College’s WD website to learn more about offerings.
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CWI Offers Swift Programming Certificate
College of Western Idaho (CWI) is thrilled to announce a new, Swift Programming certificate at the College.
The Swift Programming certificate will teach students programming skills using Apple’s Swift coding language and provide an opportunity to practice designing and building iOS applications for mobile devices.
“Through an amazing collaboration with Boise State University, Idaho Digital Learning Academy, and Apple, CWI is able to offer students an opportunity to learn how to develop exciting applications for iPhones, iPads, iMacs, and more,” said John Miriello, Department Chair of Business Communication and Technology. “Swift opens doors to the world of coding so aspiring app developers learn how to create applications that are meaningful to their world and the community around them.”
The program consists of four consecutive classes, starting with Programming Fundamentals and concluding with a certificate in Swift Programming:
- CPSC 110 – Programming Fundamentals
- CPSC 131 – Swift App Development I
- CPSC 151 – Swift App Development II
- CSPS 171 – Swift App Development: Augmented Reality
Visit CWI’s Swift Programming webpage to learn more and apply today.
NOTE: This certificate is not eligible for federal financial aid.
Wildland Fire Training
Fifty wildland fire recruits spent the week of May 24 at College of Western Idaho (CWI) training and learning new skills to battle fires this summer.
The Southwest Idaho Fire Training (SWIFT) program is a partnership between the National Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and the Idaho Department of Lands.
Students spent the first two days in the classroom learning the fundamentals of fighting wildland blazes. The classes were held in lecture halls that featured new technology purchased from CARES Act funds to optimize the learning experience.
On Wednesday, May 26, the students completed five stations at the College’s Nampa Campus Academic Building (NCAB) to get hands-on experience with fire shelters, fire engines, and tools to quickly dig fire lines.
“I love doing this training. It is super rewarding, and this group is very engaged,” said Chris Weaver with Bureau of Land Management, who helped run the training.
Monica Hulse, who will join a BLM Boise District fire engine crew, paused while inspecting a fire engine with classmates in the parking lot of NCAB.
She added, “It’s been great – our group has been asking a lot of good questions, so it makes me feel good about the team I’m working with.”
The recruits wrapped up the week of training with a practice burn near Idaho City before they joined their fire crews throughout the state for a busy summer.
Welker Named Faculty of Distinction for May
Congratulations to Joe Welker, College of Western Idaho’s (CWI) Faculty of Distinction for May 2021. Welker is an Associate Professor of Accounting and has been teaching at the College for over a decade.
“I am passionate about the content I teach,” he said. “I teach for my students. I enjoy inspiring, mentoring, and giving them opportunities they might not have had prior to taking my courses. I love celebrating my students’ successes – it is inspiring!”
“Joe cares about the success of his students,” said his student, Tanya Coles. ”I appreciate his willingness and ability to help students when needed making sure each student understands the material. He is, hands down, the best professor I have ever had!”
In addition to teaching at CWI, Welker has a master’s degree in Accountancy and has been practicing public accounting for 15 years. His professional experience in and out of the classroom has allowed him to provide real-world advice to his students as they pursue careers or transfer to other institutions.
“Professor Welker has a wealth of knowledge and current expertise in the accounting field,” said student, Erin Christophel. ”He is passionate about teaching his students and helping them in their college career and beyond. He is one of those professors a student learns a lot from during their time in class.”
“CWI empowers students to succeed,” said Welker. “Because of CWI, the Treasure Valley is a better place with more access higher education. With this access, students become college graduates and have the opportunity to change their lives.”
Outside of teaching, Welker enjoys spending time in the outdoors hiking, biking, snowboarding, or golfing. He is the Assistant Varsity Coach of the Centennial High School Mountain Bike Team and Head Coach for a YMCA/AAU basketball team.
Ankeny Named Staff of the Month for May
Congratulations to Tami Ankeny, College of Western Idaho’s (CWI) Staff of the Month for May 2021. Ankeny is a Student Success Advisor for Enrollment and Student Services and has been with the College since 2019.
“I have spent much of my professional career in higher education,” Ankeny said. I love being in an academic setting and being a part of the growth and transformation students experience during college. CWI offered me the opportunity to do that in a new way as an advisor and in a new setting as a part of the community college model with a more diverse student demographic.”
As a Student Success Advisor, Ankeny provided support, guidance, and advocacy in order to help students reach their academic and professional goals.
“During my short time here, I have found CWI to be student-centric and innovative with a distinct mission that seeks to provide the best possible services to meet the individual needs of students. In Enrollment and Student Services we operate with a ‘one student at a time’ philosophy. This mentality helps me remember each student’s story and experience is essential to understand and take into consideration as I advise and support them.”
In addition to helping students and celebrating their achievements, Ankeny is also proud of her work with the College’s Culture and Employee Engagement Committee creating Employee Wellness Challenges.
“Tami has been going above and beyond this past year to create a series of monthly health challenges for employees,” said Courtney Santillan, Dean of Social Sciences and Public Affairs. “The high level of results are a testament to her expertise and deep passion for helping others succeed. What started as an idea has become a true outlet for so many as we find ourselves working in solitary situations. Tami's efforts have created a way for so many of use to engage in something positive and keep ourselves healthy! She has done a TON of work and we applaud her for this level of dedication.”
Ankeny grew up on a farm outside of Homedale, Idaho. After earning a bachelor’s degree in Outdoor Recreation from Asbury University in Wilmore, Kentucky, and a master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, she spent 20 years in Portland, Oregon, before moving back to Idaho to be closer to family. Much of her spare time revolves around planning her next outdoor excursion – the next of which she has left her position at CWI to pursue.
“Over the past two years, I have been working on my pre-requisites for an Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing. This past spring, I began applying for programs. I am still waiting to hear back from some of my top choices of schools, so until we know more, my partner and I have decided to hike the Idaho Centennial Trail this summer. It is definitely bittersweet to be leaving CWI, but I am excited about my future endeavors!”
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