Education

WPM is committed to covering education issues in Wyoming in a thoughtful and thorough way. This page captures all education-related stories we've aired and updates you on broad issues.

Northwest College

Northwest College is in the process of creating its next five-year strategic plan. The college held listening sessions among business leaders, students and faculty to get community feedback.

Northern Wyoming Community College District

The Northern Wyoming Community College District's nursing program goes through a voluntary accreditation process with the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing every eight years. The review looks at curriculum, performance and other factors.

Northern Wyoming Community College District

The Northern Wyoming Community College District will soon begin its search for a new vice president of student affairs.

State rankings are out for 2019 ACT test scores. For the Mountain West, it’s a mixed bag.

 


Native American Education, Research, and Cultural Center

Students gather in a sunny living room in the bright red house that serves as the Native American Center on the University of Wyoming campus. They lounge on couches, feet up on coffee tables, bemoaning homework and all the usual college kid stuff. They say they don't know what they'd do without the homey-ness of this center.

NAEP Scores A Mixed Bag

Nov 1, 2019
Wyoming Department of Education

Wyoming saw some up and down results with the annual National Assessment of Educational Progress or NAEP scores.

National Mining Association

A virtual reality program developed at Gillette College has been nationally recognized for its innovation.


On a tour of the Juvenile Services Center in Cheyenne, Sgt. Jay Stewart explains that juvenile offenders stay here for an average of 49 days. But whether they're here for a week or a year, kids are required to go to school. 

Wyoming hopes to make computer science education available across the state by 2022, and a new federal grant of about a half million dollars is slated to help.

Northwest College

Northwest College is launching a registered nursing program at its Cody Center this spring semester. It will welcome eight new students and has space for a couple of licensed practical nurses to transfer midway through the program. 

University of Wyoming

This Saturday, the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), a University of Wyoming student club, is hosting Wyoming 5th through 9th grade girls at the WOMENgineering conference.

Savannah Maher

Eight U.S. states and at least 129 cities recognize Indigenous People's Day on the second Monday of October. Many Native students at the University of Wyoming would like to see Laramie and Wyoming join that list.

Wyoming Department of Education

Dane Weaver of Ten Sleep has been awarded Wyoming's 2020 teacher of the year. Weaver has been teaching social studies in Ten Sleep to seventh through 12th graders for the past three years. He said social studies is all about building critical thinking skills.

United States Department of Education

Two Wyoming elementary schools have received national recognition for their high performance.

University of Wyoming

The University of Wyoming Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing was recently gifted $1 million by the McMurry Foundation to support mental health education and outreach.

Central Wyoming College

 

 

Central Wyoming College's (CWC) United Tribes Club is hosting a Powwow in Jackson on Saturday, September 21.

For the second time this year, kids around the world are striking from school to demand action around climate change. And it’s happening just before world leaders gather at the UN Climate Action Summit in New York City. There were only a handful of strikes in our region last time but this time there are several dozen.

Northern Wyoming Community College District

In the 2018-2019 school year, the Northern Wyoming Community College District (NWCCD) served 6,373 students—the most out of any community college district in the state. The district is made up of Sheridan College, Gillette College and its extension in Johnson County.

Sheridan College

When Edward A. Whitney died in 1917, he willed most of his estate to create a foundation focusing on fostering educational opportunities for the people of Sheridan County.

University of Wyoming

The University of Wyoming's School of Energy Resources has seen a slow decline in enrollment in recent years. This has prompted the school to make changes to their marketing and recruitment strategies to try to interest new students.

Riverton High School

The University of Wyoming marching band "Western Thunder" took a trip to Riverton to perform at a high school football game against Cody. The event, called "Bring the Thunder" is part of an effort to get students excited about going to college - and to recruit new members of the marching band. Wyoming Public Radio's Savannah Maher was there to see the two bands meet, and she sent us this postcard.

The predominant language of Deaf communities in North America is getting more attention at the University of Wyoming, where students will now be able to earn a certificate in American Sign Language.

Bob Beck

The University of Wyoming has opened its new Engineering Education and Research facility. The $105 million project is being touted as one of the most advanced learning facilities in the nation and will not only benefit students, but the state and community as well.

Northern Wyoming Community College District

This summer, Walter Tribley took over as the president of the Northern Wyoming Community College District. Tribley has 20 years of experience in higher education. Most recently, he was the president of Monterey Peninsula College in California. Wyoming Public Radio's Catherine Wheeler sat down with Tribley at Sheridan College to talk about his goals as he begins his new position.

Instructor Graham Dunne is holding up some printouts with faces on them. He tells his students they're smaller than real heads.

"Here's some useless knowledge from being a sniper," he says. "The average human head is 6 inches across by 10 inches high. These are probably half that."

We're at the Flatrock Regional Training Center in Commerce City, Colorado. Usually the people training here are law enforcement, but today they're teachers, principals, bus drivers, coaches and school administrators — 13 of them.

As kids across the country head back to school for the year, the question of how to keep students safe is constant and ever-evolving, especially when it comes to mass shootings. One recent active shooter training at Pinnacle Charter School in northern Colorado focused on three actions: evacuate, barricade, and fight.

Standing on blue gym mats, under bright fluorescent lights, a trainer and a student lean in, heads close.

Campbell County School District

The Campbell County School Board has decided to move forward in its discussion of arming district staff.

The school board decided at Tuesday's meeting that they want to continue discussions on a potential policy but no final decisions have been made.

National Outdoor Leadership School

 

The Lander-based National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) has announced that Terri Watson will take over in January as its first woman president.

"I Wouldn't Change A Thing About Wyoming"

Sep 9, 2019
Charles Fournier

Recent Torrington High School graduates Quentin Meyer and Ryan Walson love Wyoming as it is. For our "Belonging" series, the childhood friends sat down to reflect on the agriculture and stories that pull them to stay while acknowledging the career possibilities that may draw their lives outside of the state they hold dear.

Kamila Kudelska

Nationally, community college enrollments have been declining in the past couple of years. Wyoming is no exception. In Powell, Northwest College's enrollment is among the lowest in the state. So the college is looking at some new degree programs to try to turn things around. That includes a conservation law enforcement degree.

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