The Northern Wyoming Community College District will receive some federal dollars to go towards expanding its health sciences program.
The district is set to receive $1.5 million from the federal Economic Development Administration. The money will go towards the remodel and expansion of the district's Health Sciences Center at Sheridan College, which helps to train students like nurses and dental hygienists.
District President Walter Tribley said the project will cost around $13.4 million, with half of that funding already coming from the state. This federal money will go towards matching state funds.
Tribley said he hopes the improvements will help attract more students.
"When you have solid state-of-the art facilities to match the excellence that's taking place in the classroom that our faculty are providing, it does make your program more attractive," he said.
The plans include renovating 8,400 square feet of the building and adding 19,500 thousand square feet.
"We're hopeful the new facilities will allow our students to learn in a space that is proportional and congruent to the modern health care facilities they'll be entering," he said.
Tribely said the district still needs to raise about $1.4 million, though the project is already underway.
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