From Our President

CWI President Gordon Jones

On behalf of the College of Western Idaho (CWI), I would like to welcome and congratulate you on continuing the educational journey of knowledge and skills development. As I begin my journey as CWI’s third President, I am eager to get out across campus to meet you and to share my gratitude and appreciation to each of you for making this such a special place. At CWI, you will find a genuine concern for your learning success and dedication to helping you prosper.

From our locally elected Board of Trustees to our faculty, staff, and fellow classmates—you will find a close-knit group of people excited about learning.

The decision to pursue education, and to do so at CWI, will bode well for your future and is one that will result in opportunities that may have otherwise been unattainable. Along with being the state’s largest community college, we are celebrating countless graduates who are competing on a national level and successfully entering the workplace with superior skills. We have established the College as a community resource partnering with local business and industry to offer career opportunities, and with fellow Idaho colleges and universities to provide a seamless transition for those who decide to continue your education beyond CWI.

This 2022–2023 catalog provides information on more than 90 degree and certificate programs and hundreds of short-term skills development courses, offering students numerous opportunities to explore. CWI, accredited through Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), is a public college supported by our community; we are here to ensure anyone, regardless of age or current education level, can receive a quality education.

As a new student and future alum of CWI, I invite you to connect with our faculty, staff, and fellow students. CWI is known throughout the Treasure Valley for the tremendous impact it has on students and the communities we serve. I look forward to working together to continue the special work of CWI. CWI transforms lives – offering our community an affordable, high-quality education designed to deliver on the promise of economic and social mobility for all.

I am honored to be part of the CWI community and excited to step boldly into the future with all of you.


Gordon Jones
President, College of Western Idaho