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Leading Agricultural and Equine Education and Innovation

Central Wyoming College

Leading Agricultural and Equine Education and Innovation

Aerial view of the CWC Rustler AG & Equine Complex

Riverton, Wyo. — Central Wyoming College serves as a vital hub for agricultural and equine education and innovation in Wyoming. Through pioneering programs and facilities, it is reshaping the future of the state’s agriculture industry. 

Distinguished nationally for its comprehensive approach, it integrates animal husbandry, humane slaughter, and culinary training, allowing students to engage in a holistic agricultural and culinary journey from birth to plate.

“Only one or two or three colleges in the nation have the full-fledged craft meat where we’re working with the animals and we do the humane slaughter and culinary program,” said CWC President Brad Tyndall. “From birth to plate, this is a full agricultural and culinary local-food experience. It’s incredible.”

A distinctive feature of CWC’s programs is the balance between hands-on learning and theoretical coursework. Students engage in immersive experiences that equip them with practical skills alongside theoretical knowledge, ensuring they are well-prepared to thrive in today’s agricultural landscape.

“I believe students need both academic knowledge and hands-on experience,” said Keith Duren, department coordinator for agriculture and equine science and instructor of agriculture. “I think that’s what makes CWC so unique. We really are about balancing the two so students have the knowledge and the experience when they go out in the workforce.

Central Wyoming College’s campus boasts state-of-the-art facilities, including the Rustler Ag & Equine Complex, which provides students with hands-on training and experiential learning opportunities. 

Here, students can engage in research, experimentation, and the practical application of classroom learning, enhancing their educational experience.

“When I give people tours of our campus, they are always speechless when I show them the complex,” said Caitlan Thorne, operations manager of Rustler Ag and Equine Complex. “Most four-year colleges don’t have a complex like this. It really is a state-of-the-art facility.” 

Additionally, CWC’s campus features a USDA-inspected packaging plant, allowing students to learn packaging and labeling processes firsthand. 

This facility provides invaluable hands-on experience and prepares graduates for careers in the meat processing industry and related fields.

Whether students are interested in traditional farming, ranch management, or cutting-edge agricultural technologies, the college provides resources and support to cater to their diverse interests and aspirations. This ensures they have the skills and knowledge to make a difference in the agricultural industry.

With a focus on practical skills, industry-relevant coursework, and real-world experience, CWC’s agricultural programs prepare students for success in today’s dynamic and challenging agricultural industry. 

“When our students graduate they are ready for the workforce because they have first-hand knowledge through the hands-on experiences we offer,” said Amanda Winchester, meat science director and livestock judging coach. “They are learning but also doing, which gives them a huge advantage when they go out to get a job.” 

Furthermore, Central Wyoming College is dedicated to promoting economic development in the region through strategic partnerships and collaborations. 

By working closely with local organizations, businesses, and government agencies, CWC creates new opportunities for farmers, ranchers, and agribusiness professionals to succeed in today’s competitive agricultural market.

CWC fosters collaboration among industry leaders, educators, and students through various events, workshops, and outreach initiatives. 

Together, they exchange ideas, share best practices, and explore new avenues for growth and innovation within Wyoming’s agriculture sector.



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Jennifer Marshall Weydeveld, Executive Director
Marketing & Public Relations
307-855-2103 (o) / 505-231-1776 (c),