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CWI strategic plan expected in July

College of Western Idaho hopes to start construction of a Boise campus in 2018 or 2019. Image courtesy of College of Western Idaho.

College of Western Idaho hopes to start construction of a Boise campus in 2018 or 2019. Image courtesy of College of Western Idaho.

The College of Western Idaho expects to have a comprehensive strategic plan completed in July.

The plan would include education, financial, infrastructure, facility and technology plans, CWI spokeswoman Jennifer Couch said.

“We are looking at opportunities to grow existing programs,” Couch said. The plan does not include specific details about any campus locations.

CWI is working on a new Ada County campus planned for Main Street and Whitewater Park Boulevard on Boise’s West End. It is expected to include programs CWI offers now in several leased buildings as well as courses not offered in Boise now. There’s no timeline for construction to start on the Boise campus.

“Our intention is to start building as soon as we have programming completed to support the needs of the community and the funding is in place,” Couch said.

CWI first wants to build a health sciences center in Nampa that would open in 2019. Those courses are now offered in Canyon and Ada counties at locations where the leases will expire that year.

The timing for both health sciences and the Boise campus is contingent on raising the money to build. There is no cost estimate yet for the Boise campus, Couch said.

Construction in Boise would not start until the Nampa health science center is complete or near complete, which likely will not be before 2018.

CWI bought the 10.33-acre former car dealership property in Boise for $8.737 million.

This story was changed at 3:30 pm June 17 to clarify that the strategic plan doesn’t include details about any campus location.

 

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