Jim Gentry

Early Twin Falls Context for Forming a Junior College 1939-1954

The Idaho legislature encouraged voters to create junior college districts with the Junior College Act of 1939.  The act provided the first authorization for publically-supported junior colleges. Immediately Twin Falls realtor Arthur Swim recommended that the Twin Falls Chamber of Commerce seek to create a local junior college. Although World War II stopped immediate progress, several developments during the 1940s and early 1950s encouraged the creation of a junior college in Twin Falls.  While rejecting the first attempt in 1954, voters created a junior college district in 1964.