College of Western Idaho (CWI) offers you the opportunity to complete what has traditionally been referred to as your General Education or core classes and earn a college certificate in the process. What’s great about this certificate is that you can transfer to any Idaho public university or college, and the credits you earned will fulfill general core classes there.
You can earn the General Education Academic certificate by itself or along with your degree. Transferring is made simpler because you have a designation on your transcript that you have completed the General Education program.
This General Education Academic Certificate consists of 36 credits.
Areas you will study:
- Ethical Reasoning
- Global Perspectives
- Written Communication
- Oral Communication
- Humanities and Arts
- Behavioral and Social Science
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Courses in the General Education Academic Certificate at CWI will engage students to consider other contexts and viewpoints, communicate with clarity and accuracy, and apply solutions and ideas. Students will be prepared to move forward in their academic career with a solid foundation from the General Education courses they completed at the College of Western Idaho.
Why This Program
The CWI General Education Academic Certificate gives you the opportunity to earn credits that will count towards your future whether or not you have already decided your career path. CWI General Education classes are taught by instructors with at least a master’s degree. You receive a high-level education at a fraction of the cost of universities in Idaho.
Requirements and Costs
Important Dates for Credit Programs
|Summer 2023||Fall 2023||Spring 2024|
|Priority Registration Begins1||N/A||April 10||Nov. 13, 2023|
|Open Registration Begins||Feb. 27||April 17||Nov. 20, 2023|
|Financial Aid Priority Deadline||May 13||July 29||Dec. 16, 2023|
|Admission Deadline2||May 27||Aug. 12||Jan. 6|
|Last Day to Register for Classes||June 2||Aug. 18||Jan. 12|
|Tuition and Fees Due||June 2||Aug. 18||Jan. 12|
|Classes Begin3||June 5||Aug. 21||Jan. 16|
|1 Priority registration is limited to continuing students. Students are assigned a registration time based on their cumulative credits earned. Students should check myCWI and their CWI email to learn their assigned registration time. Students may register online anytime on or after their assigned registration time.|
|2 The admission deadline for international students is earlier than the deadline for non-international students and is only available during the fall and spring semesters. Please consult the Academic Calendar for the international student admission deadlines for the fall and spring semesters.|
|3 Classes in shorter sessions (including 4-, 5-, and 8-week sessions) may begin before or after this date. Please refer to the Registration and Refund Deadlines by Class Section Dates (located beneath each semester) of the Academic Calendar for more information.|
Connecting With Ideas
Connecting With Ideas (CWI 101) is the first semester student success course designed to help CWI students become engaged members of the academic community and cultivate habits for lifelong achievement and success. Each semester, students can select from a variety of themes. More information about next semesters CWI 101 themes
Look beyond your degree at CWI and plan for continuing your education by working closely with CWI advising and representatives of your intended transfer school. Planning before you transfer can save you time and money. Visit Transfer Information for more information or contact One Stop Student Services.
General Education courses transfer to all public colleges and universities in Idaho. The General Education Academic Certificate meets the General Education requirements for any Associates or Bachelor’s degree at a public college or university in Idaho.
Financial Aid Available
Did you know that as a student in this program you may be eligible for financial aid? Through grants, scholarships, and loans, more than 60 percent of first-time, full-time CWI students receive some form of financial assistance. To learn more about financial aid options and whether you may be eligible, visit Financial Aid.
Tuition and Fees
Tuition for a full-time CWI student averages half the cost of a state university and a third of the cost of a private college. Tuition and fees vary based on program and residence. Visit Tuition and Fees for more information.
The skills developed in CWI’s General Education Program help students succeed in any work environment because employers want people who can solve problems, communicate effectively, and apply knowledge and skills to new situations. Graduates understand that success in our interconnected world requires consideration of multiple perspectives, cultures, and contexts. The General Education Academic Certificate will ensure students gain these skills and are well prepared for employment.
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