Central Wyoming College dean earns 'once in a lifetime' award

Nov 24, 2013 From staff reports

Lynne McAuliffe has been honored with the 2013 Woman of Distinction Award.

Lynne McAuliffe, dean of workforce and community education at Central Wyoming College, was honored this summer with the 2013 Woman of Distinction Award through the Wyoming Council for Women's Issues, a department of the Wyoming Business Council.

She was recognized for a number of initiatives she has been part of related to her position at CWC.

Among other responsibilities, McAuliffe develops and implements educational programs for low-income and low-skilled women, and she works closely with business and industry to help program participants transition into higher level degree programs or careers offering self-sufficient wages, often in high-demand fields.

Recently, she secured grant support for her Employment Training for Self Sufficiency program. The funding will allow McAuliffe to provide more than 350 needy parents with customer training and life skills, leading to college credentials and certificates in construction and energy trades, facilities maintenance technology, information technology, bookkeeping, nursing, dental assisting and other medical fields. She also has developed an entrepreneurship program at CWC and an Innovation Institute that assists regional entrepreneurs.

Lori Ridgway, CWC's director of workforce training, nominated McAuliffe for the award. Ridgway said McAuliffe obtained $5.4 million in grants during the past year, including one funding stream that will provide vocational and life skills to young adults who had been juvenile offenders and another that will educate low-income single mothers, American Indians, veterans and low-skilled workers in health care professions.

McAuliffe's co-workers at the school called the recognition a "once in a lifetime" honor. During a CWC Board of Trustees meeting this fall, McAuliffe made sure to acknowledge her staff for their involvement.

"They make me look really good," she said. "They do excellent work; this is truly the result of all their efforts, and I certainly dedicate the reward to all of them."

McAuliffe is a Riverton native who moved away from Fremont County to serve as vice president for an $80 million corporation and consult for numerous Fortune 500 companies before returning to teach business part-time and facilitate CWC's visioning process.

For more information about the Women of Distinction call 777-2823 or visit

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