Northern Wyoming Community College District Board of Trustees approved two significant action steps toward its separation from Gillette College during its regular meeting Tuesday night.
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Northern Wyoming Community College District officials will be dealing with a familiar face as they work toward a memorandum of understanding with the newly created Gillette Community College District.
To take a look into the future, the Northern Wyoming Community College District officials gathered for a board retreat Thursday at the Padlock Ranch conference center just outside Dayton.
The University of Wyoming and the state’s seven community colleges are looking to partner and provide new programs to boost Wyoming’s economy through the Wyoming Innovation Partnership.
The Gillette Community College District Board of Trustees has set the date, approving a recommendation to hold the board’s regular monthly meetings on the third Wednesday of each month.
Those in attendance at Gillette College Technical Center on Thursday witnessed history, as Nello Williams was the first member of the Gillette Community College District Board of Trustees to take the oath of office, helping mark the creation of the first new community college district in Wyoming in more than 50 years.
The newly elected members of the Gillette Community College District will take their oaths of office Thursday and then hold the board's first meeting since Campbell County voters overwhelmingly approved the creation of an independent district Aug. 17.
“I moved into this town in 1983, and this was an issue then,” said Sen. Jeff Wasserburger, R-Gillette. “We’ve never been able to pass a Gillette independent college. So after 40 years, it’s really neat to see us have our own representation, our own board.”
“I can’t wait to see what we’re going to do as a new independent community college,” he said. “I’m just excited about where we’re at and our future, how we’re going to develop our economy and diversify our workforce. It’s just overwhelming to me.”
With fall classes about to begin, officials at Northern Wyoming Community District were provided a glimpse into enrollment trends for the start of the upcoming 2021-22 academic year at the district’s board of trustees meeting Tuesday.