BAS to be inked Friday; 'cap con' still up in the air

Mar 14, 2019 By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer

Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon will sign a bill authorizing new academic programs at community colleges during a formal ceremony Friday.

Senate File 111 - now Senate Enrolled Act 80 - allows community colleges to offer Bachelor of Applied Science degrees.

The BAS is a bachelor's degree focused on career and technical education, offering additional credentials to students who have a two-year Associate of Applied Science.

Central Wyoming College president Brad Tyndall has said the most common BAS is a degree in organizational leadership and management that would allow someone with a vocational degree to advance in their industry.

In a press release Tuesday, Gordon's office indicated he will sign SF 111 during a formal ceremony at 10 a.m. Friday in Cheyenne.

Capital construction

He also is scheduled to announce his decision on the state capital construction bill Friday.

SF 162 includes funding for a new ag and equine sciences complex for CWC in Riverton.

The status of the funding had come into question during the recent legislative session when the Wyoming Senate unanimously killed the capital construction legislation, saying it contained too much additional spending from House members on the Joint Appropriations Committee, according to Wyoming Sen. Eli Bebout, R-Riverton.

The Senate later rescinded that vote and approved the bill, which then made its way through amendments in the House, none of which involved the funding for the Riverton project.

The changes failed to garner approval from the Senate, however, and the bill was sent to a conference committee to work out the differences between the governing bodies.

House and Senate leaders later signed the bill, which includes $3,926,792 for the proposed new CWC Rocky Mountain Complex for Ag and Equine Sciences in Riverton.

CWC trustees were told during their meeting Wednesday night that SF162 is subject to line-item vetoes but that the ag and equine center is not considered to be a contentious item within the legislation.

Counting the most recent funding amount, Wyoming has allocated a total of almost $9.2 million for the project - or exactly half of the almost $18.4 million projected total cost.

CWC has committed to financing its half of the project through a capital campaign, grants and the sale of the college's current equine facility on Gasser Road.

The new complex will include two indoor arenas, an outdoor arena, classrooms, offices, locker rooms, a lab, an animal health unit and a maintenance shop, according to previous reports.

Administrators said it will allow for expanded program offerings that aren't possible at the current facility.

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