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CWC 'success center,' Jackson facility get funding thumbs-up

Aug 19, 2013 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer

The Wyoming Community College Commission is July recommending that the state fund two capital construction projects for Central Wyoming College.

Only some of the work would take place in Fremont County, however -- one of the proposed projects is planned for CWC's outreach center in Jackson.

Student success

On the Riverton campus, college administrators would like to transform part of the school's Main Hall into a $4.96 million "student success center." CWC president Jo Anne McFarland said the current layout of the Main Hall forces students to "run around" the building looking for help.

"The idea is to better integrate critical learning support spaces to make them more accessible and student-centered," McFarland said in a memo to the CWC Board of Trustees. "Ultimately (we want) to provide more individualized services to students so that they will be more successful."

Ron Granger, CWC's vice president for administrative services, said the project will include remodels to the school's current administration wing, library, faculty office area and some classrooms in the Main Hall. He anticipates the changes will have a positive effect on students trying to register for courses, schedule a session with an adviser, study with a group or use a computer lab.

"(We're) trying to centralize everything so when the students come in they can go to financial aid, the cashier's office, do all those things in one area," Granger said.

Jackson expansion

The $11.78 million project planned for Jackson would create a commercial learning kitchen for the school's culinary arts program, replacing what McFarland called "cramped and insufficient temporary quarters."

The money also would pay for "adequate" nursing and science labs, she said, as well as "sufficient" classrooms and academic and student support space.

Granger said CWC would have to purchase property and build a new facility to meet those goals through the Jackson project.

"Our culinary and nursing programs are at capacity," Granger said. "This project would help us to expand each of those programs along with offering more classes in all areas."

Faculty president Matt Herr expressed support for the expansion in Jackson.

He said people there are eager to enroll in CWC courses.

"I think the time is right for that (project)," he told the CWC board during a meeting in June. "There's a lot of interest."

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