Northwest College Support in Boise, Idaho


Boise, the capital of Idaho and home to Boise State University, is a thriving city ranked as the #1 most livable city in the United States in 2019. The setting of Boise allows a young adult to thrive, providing rich resources academically and in the world of work. Boise’s geography allows for unlimited outdoor recreation including world class skiing, hiking, and biking. The town of Boise neither feels too big or too small.

A young adult may engage in our transitional services and after care services in Boise, Idaho. The level of service each person needs is different, and our plans are custom tailored to individual success. Students who choose to work with us in Boise may focus on an academic track through Boise State University, or the College of Western Idaho. Student’s looking to move into the world of work, can utilize supports to put themselves on a trajectory towards work and life independence. The transitional living is in an apartment setting where students will live either independently or with a roommate.

In addition to Northwest College Support’s traditional programming, our Boise location offers the Gemba Boise: The Gemba Gap Program.  This program is for young adults who want to take a lateral step from the traditional path of high school to job, vocational school or college.  

What is a Gemba 現場? The Japanese definition of Gemba is “the actual place”.  In the business world the definition refers to “the place where value is created”.  Our goal is to partner with you to assist in finding purpose, and the path to achieve your goals and aspirations, in our Gemba.   Our campus includes 18-25 year olds who want to be on a slower treadmill for a while.  Life moves at a fast pace and the transition to college and the working world is a big step.  We want to join those young adults who want to slow their pace, explore their interests and find their purpose and path to start on. For more information about the Gemba Gap Program, go to:

This program may be appropriate for students who are still deciding what they want to do as a next steps, young adults are presented with many paths in life, and the Gemba program is the place where those paths can be explored. This could include focused internships, apprenticeships, vocational opportunities, and even college classes. The program runs with small family style living pods, based around a main hub where therapeutic support, coaching support, and mentorship is provided.  The Boise program is led by Bernie Zimmerman.

Bernie’s background working in counseling and therapeutic supports is well documented, Bernie previously worked as the Chief Operations Officer of Cherry Gulch and Novitas Academy.  Bernie is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) and as a Counselor and Marriage and Family Therapy Supervisor. Bernie is passionate about finding solutions for young adults that are meaningful and truly represent the individuality of the person.

Northwest College Support is committed to building a continuum of care to support a range of young adults. Our range of services in Boise will be a compliment to young adults who want to take next steps and who would like to live in the thriving community of Boise, Idaho.