community college

Catherine Wheeler

The Wyoming Community College Commission (WCCC) officially received a completed application to start a new community college district in Campbell County. That receipt kicks off a 90-day timeline in which the commission must review the application and approve or deny it.

Savannah Maher

On the last day of the semester at the Wind River Tribal College in Ethete, Dr. Tarissa Spoonhunter was in the kitchen cooking a big pot of chicken noodle soup.

Central Wyoming College

Central Wyoming College is looking to become the first community college in the state to offer a Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree. Representatives from the national Higher Learning Commission are visiting the college's Riverton campus this week to evaluate the proposed degree program.

Northern Wyoming Community College District

The Northern Wyoming Community College District has taken a step forward towards offering bachelor's of applied science (B.A.S) degrees.

Ryan Shippy / Sheridan College

Sheridan College has been selected as one of the top 150 community colleges in the country by the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program.

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.

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.

Central Wyoming College

Students at Central Wyoming College may soon be able to pursue Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degrees without transferring to another institution.

As the school year begins, Northwest College once again has a decline in enrollment. The Powell community college is working on reversing that.

Bob Beck

Community Colleges may soon be able to offer bachelors degrees of applied sciences. The House gave final approval to a bill that supporters say will help economic development and can improve the number of four-year degrees in Wyoming.

Northern Wyoming Community College District

Northern Wyoming Community College District has announced its campus in Gillette will now be under new leadership. Janell Oberlander has been selected as the new vice president and CEO for Gillette College, replacing Mark Englert.

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Representatives from the University of Wyoming and the state’s community colleges testified before the Senate Education Committee Friday asking lawmakers to approve a bill that would create a common transcript.

 

Currently, UW and the community colleges use separate systems for awarding course credits. Casper Senator Bill Landen said that means students end up losing credits and having to retake classes. He said his own daughter brought this issue to his attention.

 

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Sheridan Community College is considering building a new dorm after seeing demand for on-campus housing rise the past three years.

The college was up 51 applications in April compared to last year in April, and now, all rooms at the college are booked for the fall semester. 20 students are on a wait list to live on-campus. Currently, the college can house 450 students overall.

Director of Housing and Campus Life Larissa Bonnett said a big reason why there’s more people wanting to live on-campus is for the experience.

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There’s a lot going on at Wyoming’s 7 community colleges. Tuition hikes, a new funding formula, and a budget crunch. The colleges are also poised to play a big role in the state’s economic recovery. Wyoming lost more than 2 percent of its jobs last year. And just last week, nearly 500 coal workers were laid off in the Powder River Basin.

Jim Rose is the executive director of the Wyoming Community College Commission. Wyoming Public Radio’s Aaron Schrank sat down with Dr. Rose—and started by asking how community colleges will help retrain workers amid the downturn. 

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The University of Wyoming and the state’s 7 community colleges are celebrating the success of the GEAR UP college access program with events around Wyoming this week—as part of national GEAR UP week.

GEAR UP—or ‘Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs’—is a federal program that provides low-income families with support and resources for college success.