Women top men in leadership roles at CWC

Mar 29, 2013 By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer

The college's labor force is predominantly white, with 4 percent of employees saying they are Hispanic, and 4 percent marking the American Indian/Alaskan Native box.

Although men make up the majority of the workforce at Central Wyoming College, administrators say women have more leadership roles at the school.

"About 60 percent of the leadership team are women, and 40 percent are men," executive director of human resources Jennifer Rey said last week during a report to the CWC Board of Trustees. "You don't normally see that."

The executive management staff makes up less than 5 percent of the workforce, Rey said, while the rest of the group includes 18 percent clerical staff, 30 percent professional staff and 38 percent instructional staff. The college employed 243 full-time, benefited employees during fiscal year 2012, a relatively stable figure, according to Rey.

"You'll see we've been flat," she said. "We haven't really gone up or down a whole lot with positions being reconfigured or taken away."

The workforce is predominantly white, with 4 percent of employees saying they are Hispanic, and 4 percent marking the American Indian/Alaskan Native box. However, Rey said some employees choose not to disclose their ethnicity.

"It's hard to make some judgments about how we reflect our workforce or not because such a significant piece does not identify," she said. "We will continue to focus on improving how we capture race (and) ethnicity data."

Future planning

The average CWC employee is 47 years old, but ages of non-student staff members range from 24 to 69. Rey said almost 46 percent of CWC's full-time workforce is over 50, which means her staff will have to start looking at succession planning in the future.

"If there's one thing that's been a concern over the last couple of years (it's) the number of employees we have approaching retirement," Rey said. "We've started having discussions (about) ways we can utilize their institutional knowledge and service in ways that create transition periods."

There will also be opportunities to work on retention in the coming years, Rey said, pointing to the group of employees who have worked for CWC for five years or fewer.

"(They) will be really critical as far as how we transition as some of our longer-term employees start to leave," she said. "That's kind of our funnel or pipeline."

She added that CWC remains an "employer of choice" in Fremont County: Rey said the turnover rate has hovered between 7 percent and 16 percent during the past nine years, and for fiscal year 2012, the turnover rate was 8.6 percent.

"The college is pretty successful at retaining most employees once hired," Rey said.

The average length of service for a CWC employee in fiscal year 2012 was 8.84 years, she continued, with the median length of service set at .64 years. Nearly 40 percent of the college's full-time workforce has been at CWC for 10 or more years of service, Rey said.

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