Clay Young, CEO and Co-Founder of Inovus Solar explains, “I describe our talent here as the coffee shop class. They are very creative and very open-ended thinkers. They love the lifestyle in Boise, but want difficult and interesting work to do and it draws a lot of people here.”
If you're looking for good schools, you'll find them in the Boise Valley. You'll find exceptional opportunities for students of all ages, with nearly a dozen colleges and universities in the area, plus one K-12 school district ranked as one of the most successful and high-achieving school districts in the country (according to an Expansion Magazine study).
More than 1,600 students at BSU are enrolled in engineering majors
Over 3,000 student are enrolled in BSU’s College of Business and Economics
The Boise Valley is comprised of six school districts serving K-12: 89 elementary schools, 21 middle or junior high schools, and 14 high schools
There are more than 30 private K-12 schools in the region
Did you know: You can hear over 90 languages being spoken in the Boise School District and take courses through the local universities and Boise Community Adult Education programs to learn over two dozen different languages.
All four of Boise School District's traditional high schools appear in Washington Post's (formerly Newsweek's) annual listing of America's best high schools for effectively preparing students for college. Boise, Borah, Capital and Timberline High Schools list amount the top 7 percent of all public high schools in the U.S.
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Did You Know? Boise State University spent $35 million on research in 2010-2011. With 643 faculty members, nearly 20,000 students, and a choice of nearly 200 degrees and certificate programs, Boise State is more than just the Bronco Nation. Download the Facts and Figures to learn more about the quality education and community available or click here to visit their "Beyond the Blue" webpage.
Boise State University: Located at the base of the Rocky Mountain foothills in Idaho's capital city, Boise State University is the largest institution of higher education in the state. With seven colleges and a choice of nearly 200 degrees and certificates, Boise State has nearly 20,000 students. Northwest Nazarene University: Northwest Nazarene University, a comprehensive Christian university, offers over 60 areas of study, 19 master's degrees in seven different disciplines and one doctoral degree. In addition to its 85-acre campus located in Nampa, Idaho, the University also offers programs online as well as in Boise, Idaho Falls, Twin Falls and in cooperation with programs in 10 countries. Founded in 1913, the University now serves over 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students, more than 6,000 continuing education students, and 2,300 high school students through the concurrent credit program. College of Idaho: Idaho's oldest private college, the College of Idaho is located in Caldwell, ID. With 1,055 students and 26 majors, C of I has educated some of Idaho's most accomplished graduates, including six Rhodes Scholars, three Marshall Scholars, and another ten Truman and Goldwater Scholars. University of Idaho - Boise Campus: Founded in 1889, the University of Idaho was located in Moscow, Idaho (the northerm part of the state). In 1910, the school extended its education to the Boise Valley. The Boise campus serves just over 1,000 students a year with 60 different degrees offerings. The University as a whole provides over 2,000 different degrees. University of Idaho earned the prestigious Carnegie Foundation ranking for high research activity. Researchers attract nearly $100 million in research grants and contracts each year with approximately $8 million being conducted in southern Idaho. Idaho State University: With the main campus in Pocatello, Id, Idaho State University offers 280 programs and educated 14,500 students. The satelite campus in Meridian, ID offers 20 graduate and undergraduate degrees with a primary focus on health professions and sciences. Concordia University School of Law: One of the newest members of the Boise Valley, Concordia is pleased to unveil a forward-thinking vision for legal education that integrates a foundation in law with the practical skills needed to transform society through service. With the inaugural class enrolling in the Fall of 2012, the law school is positioned to provide both part- and full-time law students with a Juris Doctor degree that will prepare them for a future of expanded opportunities. Applications are now being accepted and scholarships and grants are available. University of Phoenix: Offering a variety of undergraduate and graduate degrees in Meridian including business, education and criminal justice, the University of Phoenix makes it easy for students to recieve a degree with flexible classes that are convenient to working adults. George Fox University: Ranked among the top 150 Forbes America's Best Colleges Universities, George Fox has a campus in Meridian, ID with eight degree offerings in education and business related fields.
College of Western Idaho: Opening its doors early in 2009, CWI has become one of the fastest growing community college in the United States. Working with many companies, CWI has custom training programs to enhance the workforce skills available in the Boise Valley. With over 6,000 students in the Fall of 2010, CWI anticipates Fall enrollment for 2012 to exceed 8,000 students. Carrington College: With a 46,000 sq ft facility near many of Boise's health care facilities, Carrington College is a great location to earn an associate degree or certificate in a medical field. ITT Technical Institute: Offering technology-oriented programs, ITT Tech is located in over 35 states with 130 different branches (including a campus in Boise, ID). Stevens Henegar College: The Boise campus was opened in March 2004 and there is also a school location in Nampa, ID. This school 15-36 month programs with offerings in Business, Graphic Arts, Healthcare and Information Technology. Treasure Valley Community College: With the primary campus being in Ontario, Oregon, the Treasure Valley Community College also has a beautiful facility in Caldwell, ID. The Caldwell Center had a 2010 fall enrollment of 820 students and is in its sixth year of offering classes. Many Caldwell Center students participate in a 2-year block transfer program which enables them to enroll with junior class standing at 4-year institutions in Idaho and Oregon. Brown Mackie College: With a campus in Boise, ID, students who are working can attend Brown Mackie College and structure a one course a month schedule. Broadview University: Broadview offers Bachelor, Associate and Diploma programs in business, health science, legal, and technology fields.
In Idaho, there are 755 Elementary & Secondary Education schools.
Many of the schools continue to see growth. The Meridian School District has increased by 50% over the last 10 years. The Meridian School District also received an AP achievement district award in April, 2011. This award is given to districts for increasing participation in the Advanced Placement program while maintaining or improving the number of students who recieve a score of 3 or higher on their AP exam. Only 388 districts across the country received this distinction.
The Boise School District has also seen growth and educational advancement. 65% of the graduating classes in 2009 for this district chose to attend college after graduation. In Boise High School alone, the 2009 graduating class held 10 National Merit Finalists, an average GPA of 3.40 and 83% of graduates in this high school enrolled in colleges.
Having a talented workforce is essential to maintaining the level of innovation the Boise Valley has become known for. Boise State University (BSU) has continued to receive national attention for their football team, the Broncos, and their "smurf turf". CNN just ranked BSU as #1 of America's Best College Football Stadiums (Nov, 2011).
While the athletics are top-notch and grab national attention, the education and research coming out of Idaho also generates "big ideas". Idaho is consistently ranked as #1 in patents generated per capita.
One of the newest resources in the Valley is the Concordia University School of Law that decided to place their new facility in the heart of downtown Boise.With the inaugural class enrolling in the Fall of 2012, the law school is positioned to provide both part- and full-time law students with a Juris Doctor degree that will prepare them for a future of expanded opportunities. Applications are now being accepted and scholarships and grants are available.
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