NAMPA, Idaho (AP) About 1,100 students are hoping to improve their job skills and opportunities by taking classes at the just-opened College of Western Idaho.

The school opened for classes Tuesday in southwest Idaho.

Rick Aman, associate vice president of instruction, says the most popular area of study is health.

He says the school is adding sections to several of the science and medical-based classes.

Next fall the school will absorb Boise State's Selland College of Applied Technology, adding about 1,200 more students.

Information from: Idaho Statesman, http://www.idahostatesman.com

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