Looking back and moving forward: insights from the Nampa campus
This month, Stevens-Henager College is celebrating 125 years since its founding in Ogden, Utah. In the past 125 years, a lot has changed; several degree programs became available over time. Now the school focuses on healthcare, business, and technology, with nine campus locations in Utah and Idaho.
In September 2004, a Stevens-Henager College campus opened in Boise, Idaho, near Ann Morrison Park. The campus experienced tremendous growth and three years later relocated to where it stands today. As the campus continued to grow, it became necessary to expand with additional campuses. In October of 2010 the Nampa Satellite campus opened its doors to serve the students in Canyon County and surrounding areas. Since opening, the satellite has graduated over 200 students in business, healthcare, and technology degree programs.
For me, serving the community on a local level is very fulfilling. As executive director of the Nampa satellite campus, meeting people on their first visit to the college and seeing the sparkle of hope is invaluable. At orientation, when our new students come together for the first time to prepare for the next big step in their lives, the hesitation and tempered excitement is palpable. The first day of classes is exciting because the campus is buzzing with the activity of new people coming in, meeting seasoned students, and beginning their academic journey.
This cycle repeats. Students occasionally gather for events such as Trunk or Treat, Student Thanksgiving, Dean’s and President’s Lists celebrations, Professional Dress Day, and many more student-centered activities. Ultimately, our students complete their programs and prepare for graduation. Seeing the smiling, crying, excited, tired, and fulfilled graduates walk across the stage to receive their diplomas is an indescribable feeling. I marvel at the dedication of these graduates.
But my job, and the work of our campus staff, does not end at commencement. We are committed to helping graduates maximize on the skills they learned as students and assist them in obtaining employment in their field. This commitment to the student isn’t for the first job; our help is available to graduates whenever they need it. We’ve also assisted students from other Stevens-Henager College campuses who graduated from college years before.
The Stevens-Henager College difference is that students are more than a number. Our students and staff are family. We feel the joy and challenges of the college journey every day, with every student. As our family grows and students graduate, our commitment remains the same: to help you graduate and start a rewarding career sooner.
George Thomas, Executive Director
Nampa Campus, Satellite of Stevens-Henager Boise Campus