Boise Locations

Idaho Water Center

Our Main Location
322 E. Front Street
Boise, ID 83702

Parking Information

Phone: (208) 334-2999
Fax: (208) 364-4035

M-Th, 7:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri, 7:30 am - 5:00 pm

Ada County Extension

5880 Glenwood Street
Boise, ID 83714

Phone: (208) 287-5900
Fax: (208) 287-5909

GAR Building

714 W State Street
Boise, ID 83702

James A. & Louise McClure Center for Public Policy Research
Phone: (208) 364-4549

State Governmental Relations 
Phone: (208) 364-4014
Fax: (208) 364-4037

Regional Communications 
Phone: (208) 334-2252


Integrated Design Lab
306 S 6th St
Boise, ID 83702

Phone: (208) 429-0220
Fax: (208) 343-0001


821 W. Idaho Street
Boise, ID 83702

Phone: (208) 733-1889

Tue - Fri, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sat, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Eastman Garage located above the VandalStore.

John Cannon

Traditional Student: It's Not Just About A Traditional Classroom Anymore

When you refer to “traditional” education, you are more than likely referring to what a majority of us consider “traditional” education. But University of Idaho professor John Cannon, “I would beg to differ,” sees it much differently.

“We are just as traditional. The courses aren’t the traditional sit in rows of desks, we don’t do that. But we do help students further their education by getting a higher degree or getting them out into the workforce.”

Cannon prepares secondary and post-secondary teachers who specialize in programs based around professional-technical education (PTE). The topics his students teach in either high school or college programs range from health occupations to auto mechanics.

“We are preparing teachers to prepare their students for the skills necessary for the global workforce,” explains Cannon. “Most are taking non-degree programs.”

The former high school teacher, baseball coach and FFA advisor started his teaching career in an Illinois High School.

“They started as a freshman, and it was great to watch their young minds grow and learn during the developing stages, then leave as a senior.”

After several years, Cannon set his sights on furthering his education “I wanted to go to the next level. My brother has his PhD and it was one of those things…he had it, so I was interested.”

Cannon earned his doctorate at Virginia Tech, made a quick stop in Ohio, finally landing in Idaho.

“It was a great move. I enjoyed the adventure of moving three quarters of the way across the country. I am getting used to being where it is sunny in the summer and a lack of snow in the winter,” says Cannon. “No no, I have not experienced a tough winter yet and I have not experienced a tough summer yet.”

Cannon says his students, current teachers, bring a different level of learning to his classes. They are looking for more, and wanting the necessary knowledge to help their students successfully move into the global workforce.

“They [his students] are bringing in the experience of industry from their careers and we provide them the course work and training to be a teacher.”

FYI: I bet you don’t know a professor who had a former president visit his family’s farm. Well Cannon did. Before Abraham Lincoln became the 16th President of the United States, he made a visited to the Cannon family farm when he was on riding Illinois judicial circuit to investigate a murder at the neighboring homestead.

“We are preparing teachers to prepare their students for the skills necessary for the global workforce,”