Learners today, Leaders tomorrow


The Ponderosa Center is working to bring a robust offering of educational opportunities to the West Central Mountains. Whether your passion is higher ed, workforce development or unique opportunities to learn creatively, we are committed to making that happen.

We are working hand in hand with representatives from universities, community colleges and other nonprofit groups to create an environment where learning is part of everyday life.

Boise State University

Community Impact Programs (CIP) is a new collaborative initiative responding to the call from Boise State University President Marlene Tromp, for Boise State campus to identify and deliver educational programs to rural communities in the university’s service area.

The purpose of this initiative is to connect students to educational opportunities without the constraints of traditional infrastructure. This is a far more flexible and cost effective approach to education for taxpayers and enables students to access their courses anywhere, anytime while staying actively employed in the community of their choice.

Outdoor Recreation, Hospitality, and Wellness – McCall’s Signature Program. Designed with the community, this signature program is experiential/applied,modular, interdisciplinary, forward-thinking and “awesome.” McCall owns the outcomes of this program. Instruction in this program will happen in McCall, online and in a hybrid format.

West Central Mountains Economic Development Council

The West Central Mountains Economic Development Council works to provide workforce development through career and technical education offerings, business development skills, apprenticeship matching and is the point organization for the higher education initiatives with Boise State University.

Ponderosa Center Partners in Community Scholarship Fund

This scholarship directly supports students that live in the West Central Mountains Region, enrolled in Boise State University’s online programming, with priority awards to participants in the Outdoor Recreation, Hospitality, and Wellness Signature Program. Award criteria is concurrent with Boise State University’s guidelines.

The Ponderosa Center is working to increase enrollment, available scholarship monies and break down financial barriers for our local student population.

Your contribution to local students will help build tomorrow’s community leaders. To donate to the scholarship fund, please contact the Ponderosa Center office 208-271-1185.

Photos courtesy of Boise State University and McCall Music Society

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