C of I Community Learning gears up for big summer

From beekeeping and Italian cuisine to Shakespeare and mad scientists, The College of Idaho is prepared to offer its widest range of Community Learning courses yet, with 136 camps and classes for all ages set to begin this summer.

“You’re never too young or too old to learn, whether you’re six-years-old or 106,” said Rebecca Wilhite, C of I’s Director of Special Programs. “Lifelong learning is critical, and you can discover a passion that can follow you for the rest of your life.”

Community Learning at C of I has grown into a popular program since its introduction in 2015, allowing students of all ages to sign up for short classes and programs tailored for individual interests, from creative classes like pottery and travel sketching to recreational classes like fishing and paddle boarding. With no homework, tests or grading, students attending the classes can take a casual approach to each course, enjoying the content in a stress-free, educational environment.

Wilhite said the variety of classes has been a major part of the appeal of the program, particularly for the youth camps held on campus. She recalled a high school student who participated in last summer’s CSI Detective Camp and came away from the experience with a new resolve to study forensic science in college—a goal she didn’t believe was attainable until she attended the camp.

“If you get your kids on campus in this kind of environment, that’s when a lightbulb goes off,” Wilhite said. “That’s what starts to get them excited about coming to college. Once they’re here, they realize that they can really do this.”

The same CSI camp will be offered again this July, along with 36 other camps and courses that can be found both on C of I’s campus and in select off-campus locations, including a winery tour of the Sunnyslope Region and an examination of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Idaho Shakespeare Festival.

This summer’s expanded class list also includes nearly 100 courses that can be taken online, covering topics like business, marketing, health, leadership and media.

Wilhite said the program will expand this fall with its Executive Management Series, an addition focusing on improving managerial effectiveness for businesses and their leaders. This November, C of I will host a six-day managerial effectiveness workshop in Sun Valley, Idaho, hosting some of the top leaders in the nation as they give presentations in topics like corporate innovation, leadership and ethics.

“It’s like a mini-M.B.A.” Wilhite said. “You get a condensed learning in all aspects of business in a short time frame from some of the top business leaders in America. This is specifically for companies that want to grow their personnel and give them more tools to succeed.”

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The College of Idaho has a 125-year-old legacy of excellence. The C of I is known for its outstanding academic programs, winning athletics tradition and history of producing successful graduates, including seven Rhodes Scholars, three governors, four NFL players and countless business leaders and innovators. Its distinctive PEAK Curriculum challenges students to attain competency in the four knowledge peaks of humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field—empowering them to earn a major and three minors in four years. The College’s close-knit, residential campus is located in Caldwell, where its proximity both to Boise and to the world-class outdoor activities of southwest Idaho’s mountains and rivers offers unique opportunities for learning beyond the classroom.  For more information, visit