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Nampa community college expansion could go to voters in November

A new student center would house technology, student advising and other services on the Nampa campus.
A new student center would house technology, student advising and other services on the Nampa campus.

Expansion at the College of Western Idaho in Nampa and construction of a new campus in Boise would be up to Ada and Canyon county voters.

If successful, the bond vote — which requires a two-thirds majority — would lay the groundwork for a health sciences building on the Nampa campus to meet exploding demand in health fields, and construction of a new Boise campus on 10 acres at the corner of Fairview Avenue and Whitewater Park Boulevard.

CWI trustees have not locked down the November vote or the exact amount of the bond. But the community college is permitted to seek bond votes only in November and May, and the college is feeling the pressure to get its expansion going and get out of rental space it occupies for classes, which costs about $2 million a year. Early estimates put the expansion costs at $150 million.

School officials showed off the proposed health building to community leaders Wednesday. If the bond is successful, school leaders hope to have the building open by 2019. The Nampa campus would also house a new Student Success Center to house technology, advising and other student services.

Trsutess have no specific date for completion of a campus in Boise.

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