Enhancing education in our community


The Ponderosa Center’s vision includes education as one of its major focus areas. Since the organization’s beginning, steps have been taken to engage multiple partners to work together toward a robust offering of educational opportunities for the entire community. Whether your passion is higher ed, workforce development or unique opportunities to learn creatively, the Ponderosa Center is committed to providing a place to make that happen.

Our Community Relations Committee and its Education Taskforce is 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.

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Click the links below to see some of the exciting education opportunities that are available through our partners.

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 fund is in direct support of students that live in the West Central Mountains Region, who wish to enroll 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, and specific to the geographic requirements that students reside in the West Central Mountains community.

In support of BSU’s commitment to rural communities, the Ponderosa Center is working to increase enrollment and available scholarship monies to further break down financial barriers for our local student population.

Funds for the Partners in Community Scholarship are from generous individuals, businesses and other community organizations that recognize the importance of higher education in the West Central Mountains region. The Ponderosa Center is an advocate of education in our community, and we are looking to you to join us in creating an environment of success for our local student population. Those individuals are our recent graduates, first generation college students, individuals already in our workforce and those looking for new skills or to change careers all together.

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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