Year in Review

Nursing program opens slots for students 

The Central Wyoming College nursing department is working toward fulfilling a campaign promise of increasing enrollment by adding eight more students to the fall 2011 first-year nursing class. Though the Health and Science Center that voters approved in 2010 was not yet under construction, nursing program director Kathy Wells said her faculty will teach the additional students in cramped instructional space until the facility is completed in fall of 2013. (full story)


McAuliffe honored at Governor's Summit
CWC’s Dean of Workforce and Community Education (WACE) Lynne McAuliffe was presented the Outstanding Individual Performance Award at the 7th annual Governor’s Summit on Workforce Solutions.

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Talent Search grant continued
CWC was awarded a $230,000 federal grant to continue its successful Talent Search program. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Talent Search identifies and assists individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds who have the potential to succeed in higher education.  CWC was the only institution in Wyoming to be awarded the grant and the funds make it possible to operate the program for five more years.
Headdress donated by Nicol's neighbor
A Native American headdress, estimated to be more than 100 years old, was donated to Central Wyoming College’s collection by a neighbor of Alice and Fred Nicol. Bernie and Sue Bernard of Placitus, N.M., who own a home near the Nicols’ cabin at Turpin Meadow, donated the bonnet to CWC. It is housed along with the Stewart Collection of Native American artifacts in the CWC Intertribal Education and Community Center. (full story)
Rardin receives Professor Emeritus title
A longtime Central Wyoming College math professor Carol Rardin was awarded the distinction of a Professor Emeritus title during CWC Convocation activities Wednesday, August 31, 2011. She began her association with the college when her family moved to Fremont County in the 1970s, and joins 22 other faculty in the college’s 45-year history to receive the honor. (full story)
CWC honored for technology
For the fourth time, Central was recognized as one of the nation’s top-10 community colleges on the front lines of digital technology. CWC is ranked second in the nation among colleges with less than 5,000 students by the Center for Digital Education, which conducted a survey documenting advances made by community colleges in utilizing information technology. (full story)
Theater professor gives back
For the third year in a row, Central Wyoming College Theater Director Mike Myers spent a majority of his  summer vacation volunteering in a faraway land on his own dime. In the summer of 2011, he taught English at a Tibetan monastery in northern India. He had previously volunteered in Katmandu, Nepal and Phnom Penh, Cambodia. (full story)
Tilton shares wilderness medicine in Haiti
English instructor Buck Tilton put his skills in wilderness medicine to work caring for impoverished and sick people in a remote village in Haiti in the summer of 2011. Tilton, the founder of the Wilderness Medicine Institute, which is now operated by the National Outdoor Leadership School, taught eager Haitians how to assess illness as well as the basics of splinting and bandaging. (full story)
Students create anti-bullying PSA
Five students in Jane Warren’s Introduction to Human Communication course, all who at one time in their lives have witnessed or were victimized by bullies, created an anti-bullying public service announcement for radio that received endorsement from a rock star. (full story)
Stauffenberg is Conference Coach of Year
CWC volleyball coach Tiffany Stauffenberg was selected as Conference Coach of the Year and several of her athletes won accolades at the conclusion of the Region IX Volleyball Tournament in Sheridan. Stauffenberg, whose team made it to the Region IX championship round only to fall to nationally ranked Western Wyoming Community College, credited her players for her selection as outstanding coach. (full story)
Debate team second at nationals
Central Wyoming College’s debate team of Nicholas Esposito and Amber Ezell-Bowman won second place in the novice division of parliamentary debate at the Pi Kappa Delta national tournament held March 17-20, 2012 in Overland Park, Kansas. The tournament, which marks Central Wyoming College’s forensics team’s first national tournament in three decades, afforded CWC students the opportunity to compete against a number of four year colleges and universities as well as a few community colleges. (full story)
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Geraud wins Leadership Award
Joe Geraud , a longtime member of the Central Wyoming College Foundation was presented with a Leadership Award from the Wyoming Association of Community College Trustees Thursday night. Geraud, who has served as the Foundation’s president for the past ten years, was honored at the WACCT’s annual Awards and Legislative Reception in Cheyenne for his service as a college volunteer in February 2012. (full story)
CWC nursing grads have top scores
Central Wyoming College 2011 nursing graduates had the highest pass rates of all Wyoming nursing graduates taking the national licensing exam, NCLEX. According to the Wyoming State Board of Nursing, CWC had a 95 percent pass rate compared to the state pass rate average of 84.24 percent and the national average of 87.90 percent. (full story)
Healthcare grant is shared with CWC
Central Wyoming College and two state partners have been awarded a sizeable federal grant  to educate Wyoming workers seeking careers in health care. The $5 million grant was awarded to the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services (DWS) and its partners CWC and the CLIMB Wyoming program. Central receives $2.5 million to provide the training, though McAuliffe said the college is prepared to sustain the career pathways program beyond the grant period. (full story)
Chamber recognizes McFarland for lifetime achievement
The Riverton Chamber of Commerce presented CWC President Jo Anne McFarland with the Lifetime Service Award at organization’s annual awards dinner in March 2012.
Colleges share innovation grant
CWC is one of three Wyoming community colleges sharing a $2.7 million Department of Labor grant to develop new and effective learning strategies for adult workers and business leaders. CWC is partnering with Northern Wyoming Community College District and Western Wyoming Community College to address the unique needs of adult learners in 11 of Wyoming’s 23 counties. CWC is using its share of the grant to develop an entrepreneurship program as well as an Innovation Institute that will assist businesses with the need or desire to grow and expand. (full story)
Health and Science Center under construction
The construction of the new CWC Health and Science Center officially began after a groundbreaking ceremony held May 10, 2012. Fremont County voters approved a CWC bond proposal in November 2010, agreeing the institution was in need of increasing the capacity of its nationally recognized nursing program and to create additional science lab space. With that voter affirmation, the Wyoming legislature agreed to provide additional funds to enhance facility even more. (full story)
Two Central grads receive prestigious scholarship
Two Central Wyoming College students who graduated in May 2012 were selected as recipients of the prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. 
Kelli Niemeyer of Riverton and Matthew Seats of Williamsburg, VA are two of 60 community college graduates nationwide to receive the award. The foundation provides $30,000 per year for up to three years to the recipients to complete their baccalaureate program. (full story)
Second Wind program gives offenders fresh start
The college is the recipient of a $1.2 million grant to provide vocational and life skills to 18-21 year-old adults who had been juvenile offenders. The U.S. Department of Labor grant allows CWC to launch the “Second Wind Project,” a program providing work and life skills with a goal of reducing the chance of recidivism. (full story)
Rustlers among nation's academic elite
The Central Wyoming College women’s basketball team and the Rustler volleyball team are among the top student athletes in the country. In announcing its All Academic selections for the 2011-12 year, the National Junior College Athletic Association and Region IX said the CWC women’s basketball team had a grade point average of 3.40, placing the Rustlers sixth in the nation. The volleyball team’s GPA is 3.47 and the team ranked tenth overall. (full story)
Tech is national CNFR champion
Lacey Tech, a CWC rodeo athlete, won the national goat tying title at the June 2012 College National Finals Rodeo. She tied her goat in 6.6 seconds to win the national championship. Tech’s victory helped CWC to a second-place finish in the team standings behind Texas Tech in the last season that Coach Lynn Smith and her husband, CWC men’s coach Rick Smith, will coach the Rustlers. The Smiths will coach at Cochise College next year. Tech and teammate Traci Hinman, who will serve as an assistant coach for the Rustlers in 2012-13, were named as Academic All Americans by the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association. (full story)


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