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At College of Western Idaho's (CWI) inception in 2007, Boise was the last metropolitan area in the country lacking a community college. In March of that year, the Idaho Legislature appropriated funds for the College. Later that May, a supermajority of voters in Canyon and Ada counties voted to form a community college district. With the monetary support of the J.A. & Kathryn Albertson Foundation and the appointment by the Idaho State Board of Education of CWI’s first Board of Trustees, CWI was launched. Acquiring the programs, personnel, and property of Selland College, CWI officially opened its doors to students at its main campus, in Nampa, on what was formerly Boise State University’s West Campus.



May 22

  • Supermajority of Ada and Canyon County voters passed referendum to establish a community college district, enabling the creation of CWI.

July 17

  • Board of Trustees for CWI appointed.

July 30

  • First Board of Trustees meeting held.

Aug. 7

  • Dennis Griffin named president for CWI.