NAMPA — The Boise State center in Nampa, housed on the College of Western Idaho campus, will expand its social work and construction management courses this fall.
Construction management is a high-demand major in the Treasure Valley, said Katelyn Taylor, communications coordinator for Boise State Extended Studies. Ninety-five percent of Boise State construction management graduates, she said, receive multiple job offers within three months of graduating.
CWI approached Boise State about expanding the construction management and social work courses that are offered at the Boise State Center at CWI to create a pipeline of classes to Boise State’s main campus, Taylor said.
Both social work and construction management are highly sought out fields that are expanding in the Treasure Valley.
According to Kathryn Tacke, regional economist at the Idaho Department of Labor, over the next decade the number of construction managers in Canyon County is expected to expand from 376 to 438.
Social workers are also expected to expand from 242 to 278, Tacke said.
Boise State plans to continue expanding its social work program so students will be able earn a bachelor’s degree at the Nampa center, said Peter Risse, associate dean of Boise State Extended Studies. The implementation of this program will start in fall 2018 with one social work course.
Though the Nampa center is adding two construction management courses this fall, Boise State doesn’t plan to expand that into a full Nampa program, Risse said. However, he said, there is room for change.
“We’re just really excited to, over time, as needs emerge, continue the conversation,” Risse said.
The Boise State Center at CWI has been expanding over the past couple years. In 2015-2016 it served 871 students; in 2016-2017 it served 1,253 students with 85 classes; and in 2017-2018 it served 1,171 students in 85 classes.
Risse said the expansion of the Boise State Center at CWI will allow for students taking online classes in the western Treasure Valley area to have a place to meet with professors and form relationships. This was one of the Higher Education Task Force’s recommendations to Boise State.
Boise State University signed over its west campus location to CWI in 2009. As part of the agreement, Boise State is still able to hold classes there.
According to Taylor, Boise State offers several upper-division credit classes and full programs in criminal justice, communication, elementary education and general education degrees at the Nampa center.