Education and Training
Once a small, agricultural community, Nampa has grown from 28,365 people in 1990 to 81,557 people in 2010. Nampa now has a strong laborforce of 36,529.
Nampa boasts incredible resources for skill building
Educational opportunities are plentiful in the valley. Nampa is home to Northwest Nazarene University, the College of Western Idaho and Stevens-Henager College, which together provide a wide variety of higher degrees and professional-technical education. Local resources include options ranging from short-term, non-credit workforce training to professional graduate level degree programs.
For example, College of Western Idaho (CWI), a two-year comprehensive community college, offers for-credit, two-year associate degrees; certification programs and specialized professional/technical training. CWI’s Center for Business Partnerships and Workforce Development provides short-term, non-credit training for businesses and individuals, including training in the areas of healthcare, manufacturing, business and professional skills, public safety, construction and computer technologies. Training can be designed, developed and presented in customized formats according to an employer’s specific needs.
In addition, Northwest Nazarene University (NNU), a four-year, private institution located in Nampa, offers programs in over 60 areas of study including masters degrees in eleven disciplines and programs, such as the Masters of Business Administration and Masters of Social Work. NNU also offers a Doctorate in Education. NNU also provides learning opportunities to support career advancement through its Center for Professional Development.
The metro area is also served by Boise State University, the University of Idaho, Idaho State University, College of Idaho, University of Phoenix, Stevens-Henager College, George Fox University, Boise Bible College, Apollo College, Milan Institute and a satellite campus of Oregon’s Treasure Valley Community College.
Diverse companies, diverse skills
High-tech products, advanced research and basic manufacturing rely on Nampa's excellent workforce
As part of the Boise-Nampa MSA, Nampa businesses have access to the largest and most diverse labor pool in the state. Currently, the MSA labor force is over 294,000 strong and growing.
A few examples of products produced in Nampa: White Satin sugar; Micron CMOS image chips; Simplot frozen potatoes; Plexus custom electronic products; Home Style Industries RV furniture, Syngenta bio-tech seeds; Sorrento cheese.