May 17, 2007

Community Colleges

The Treasure Valley is the largest metropolitan area in the country without a community college. On May 22nd, residents of Ada and Canyon counties will vote on whether to authorize a community college district with taxing authority. If approved, the new College of Western Idaho will be housed at Boise State University's West Campus in Nampa, and would be funded with a combination of property taxes, state funds, private donations and tuition.

Marcia Franklin talks with proponents of the community college, as well as an administrator of an existing community college, about the promises and challenges of two-year higher educational institutions, which now account for nearly half of all undergraduates in our country.