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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
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • 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.

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News and Blogs

Greg Wilson, College of Western Idaho's Faculty of Distinction for January 2021

Congratulations to Greg Wilson, College of Western Idaho’s Faculty of Distinction for January 2021.

College of Western Idaho student, Brandon Edralin

College of Western Idaho student, Brandon Edralin, won a new Apple iPad during the College’s mobile app giveaway!

Jana McCurdy, March 2019 Faculty of Distinction

Congratulations to Jana McCurdy, College of Western Idaho’s Faculty of Distinction for March 2019.

Andrea Schumaker and Rebecca Flock

Faculty who teach General Education courses recognized for exemplary teaching, creativity, excellence, delivery, and service.