Bridge work: CWI celebrates start of new building projects

Painted by Marcos Garcia, a College of Western Idaho graduate and heavy duty truck instructor, and CWI student Caleb Chereji, the new bridge will link the college’s Nampa campus with a horticulture building. (CWI photo.)

The College of Western Idaho is celebrating two new building projects — with a bridge linking one of the building sites to the existing Nampa campus.

Joined by legislators and local officials, CWI last week held a signing ceremony at the bridge, which will connect to a new Horticulture and Agricultural Science building.

The horticulture building and a health and science building are now under construction, and are scheduled for completion in the summer of 2025.

“CWI’s expansion projects are more than just an addition of buildings — it’s a bold step towards enhancing our educational offerings and our community’s access to cutting-edge resources,” CWI President Gordon Jones said in a news release. “This bridge signing event symbolizes our journey forward together, bridging our past achievements with future possibilities.”

The horticulture project sets aside about 40 acres for research, and calls for about 38,000 square feet of buildings and lab space.

Located near the existing Nampa Campus Academic Building, the health and science building will house programs such as microbiology, biology, dental assisting, surgical technology and nursing. The initial plans include about 50,000 square feet of learning space, with an additional 10,000 square feet of unfinished space to build out later.

Headquartered in Nampa, with additional classes in Boise, CWI is the state’s largest community college.

For spring 2024, its student headcount totaled more than 17,400 students, according to a State Board of Education report. Dual credit, adult education and career-technical programs push CWI’s total enrollment to more than 30,000.




Kevin Richert

Kevin Richert

Senior reporter and blogger Kevin Richert specializes in education politics and education policy. He has more than 30 years of experience in Idaho journalism. He is a frequent guest on "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public Television and "Idaho Matters" on Boise State Public Radio. Follow Kevin on Twitter: @KevinRichert. He can be reached at [email protected]

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