NAMPA -- The push to educate more Idahoans is growing stronger at the College of Western Idaho and Boise State University.
On Tuesday, both schools announced plans to strengthen ties by opening a BSU outreach center on the CWI Nampa campus. The idea is to help students make the jump from community college to University even easier.
The transition will happen inside the CWI Aspen Classroom Building in January. Those who take advantage can expect hands-on-support registering for classes at Boise State University, academic advising, and academic transfer support.
Jennifer Couch is the executive director of marketing and advancement at CWI. Couch says two staff members will move into a small corner office to begin the program. From there, the center is expected to grow and expand with the college.
"So this really helps ease that transitional process for those planning to go to Boise State," Couch told KTVB.
It's an obvious move both schools have been planning for years. The idea is to align curriculum, improve credit transfer, and share information that helps students move from CWI to BSU easily.
Greg Hahn is the associate vice president for communications and marketing at BSU. Hahn says he expects the program to be successful.
"We're really kind of adapting to more of a university where people are transferring in, and CWI is a big piece of that," Hahn told KTVB. "We've had about 450 students so far transfer from CWI to Boise State, and we just expect that number to grow, and grow, and grow."
As that number grows, BSU hopes to offer evening and weekend classes at CWI by fall semester 2015.
In turn, CWI hopes more students can use the classes to move beyond a two-year associate's degree to a four-year education.
"This is exactly the kind of partnership we envisioned from the start, that it would be a seamless transition," Hahn said.
CWI also has plans to include other universities on campus. The school hopes to build an outreach center on its Nampa campus in the near future.