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
Connecting With Ideas
Connecting With Ideas (CWI 101) is designed to prepare students with the skills to succeed in college, a career, and life. Completion of CWI 101 is a general education requirement of students seeking to earn an Associate of Arts (AA) or Associate of Science (AS) degree from CWI. Students are encouraged to take CWI 101 during their first semester.Explore CWI 101 Pathways
Individuals admitted to CWI as a degree-seeking student who have earned college credit from another institution may transfer their credits to CWI. Visit Transferring to CWI to learn more.
Plan ahead for your transition to a four-year college or university. Students are encouraged to work closely with their advisor and representatives from the intended transfer school to ensure a smooth transition beyond CWI. Visit Transferring From CWI to explore our transfer partnerships.
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.
Cost & Aid
As a student in this program, you may be eligible for financial aid and scholarships. Visit Cost & Aid to view tuition and fees, explore types of aid, apply for federal financial aid, and more.
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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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