Boise State College of Innovation and Design (CI + D) lives up to its name as it provides students with resources to pave the way for a more innovative and successful future. CI + D is focused on developing new ideas and increasing the value of Boise State education for students of all disciplines.
CI + D offers a wide range of opportunities for students seeking a degree within the college, but also allows students to earn a variety of certificates promoting skills that increase their employability and success in their future careers. .
Veronica Roper, Outreach Coordinator for CI + D, describes the college as a place to promote new ideas and build the Boise State of the future.
“I think of us as that kind of incubator space where we prototype new ideas, we launch them, and then they grow and graduate in other parts of the university,” Roper said.
CI + D extends to many disciplines and programs and represents much more than its academic offerings.
Dawn Shepherd, a new addition to CI + D and director of program launch for BA Innovation and digital design, cites the college’s versatility and wide offer as what sets it apart from CI + D.
“[CI+D] includes academic programs, like certificates that live at the College of Innovation and Design and some degrees, but there are also research units that live there, ”Shepherd said.
Venture College is a CI + D program that provides a space for students and faculty to learn how to start a business. From budgeting classes to competitive business skills, Venture College courses promote entrepreneurial growth for anyone on the Boise State campus.
“If you have a business idea, they’ll help you implement and launch it,” Roper said of the Venture College staff. “Or if you already have a business, they’ll help you find some seed money and connect you with different community resources, and it’s open to any student on campus. “
Regardless of how a student chooses to use CI + D’s services and courses, they will be exposed to new and innovative ideas and skills. Whether focused on business and entrepreneurship or specific to design and technology, these courses provide students with the knowledge and experience they need in a tech-driven world.
Erin Colburn, a CI + D student and Boise State staff member, has taken an abundance of these classes and says she has had opportunities that she never thought she had.
“I never would have thought in my wildest dreams that I could be a drone pilot,” Colburn said. “I also took emerging technologies and it allowed me to do VR (virtual reality).”
Colburn also mentioned the impact of these classes on his personal life. She thanks Brad Weigle and Jenny Myers, two of CI + D’s directors, for giving her access to books and resources that have taught her how many programs and tools are available for free.
“Brad and Jenny, because of their experience and expertise, provide a lot of tools that you don’t even know are available to you,” Colburn said.
Students of all disciplines in Boise State can find something to learn through the courses and programs of the College of Innovation and Design. By focusing on a better future for Boise State and its community, CI + D continues to grow and provide more opportunities for everyone on campus.
To find out more about CI + D and its offers, you can visit the College of Innovation and Design web page.