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CWC educates locals for Jackson

CWC educates locals for Jackson

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Courtesy of Jackson Hole News & Guide

What makes a community vibrant and thriving?

It’s people and their opportunity to achieve their goals and dreams in their hometown. Whether Jackson has been home for one year or 88 years, the folks that live here and plant roots care deeply about this valley and its future.

Central Wyoming College has been serving Teton County’s people for more than 45 years and providing the platform for goals and dreams to become a reality. We provide locals with the opportunity to pursue higher education while developing skills that will allow them to transition into meaningful careers.

Students at CWC have the chance to obtain associate and bachelor’s degrees within their backyard, gaining confidence and having the support of their family through their education journey.

We support residents to earn advanced certifications or degrees for their professional and volunteer lives.

Our greatest successes are measured in the stories of our graduates. Whether working as a nurse throughout our community or educating the next generation as an early childhood education teacher, our graduates shape the quality of life here in Teton County.

CWC graduates are your friends, family, neighbors and co-workers. They help keep Teton County a community where people have the opportunity to thrive because we have a hometown college that empowers them to succeed.

We offer diverse programs in high-demand fields such as business, hospitality, culinary, outdoor education, science, nursing and English as a second language. Currently operating in the Center for the Arts, CWC needs a permanent space to continue to serve Teton County.

Our permanent campus off of High School Road will provide adequate classroom space, state-of-the-art science labs for various medical degrees, commercial kitchens for culinary education, and the flexibility to address the changing needs of our valley’s businesses and nonprofits.

Locating next to the Jackson Hole High School will allow the many students in concurrent or dual enrollment courses to walk to their classes at CWC. Removing transportation barriers is essential for these programs’ equability while supporting our community’s goals for removing cars from the road. We want students to be inspired for the next chapter and to see themselves achieving their goals in their hometown.

Your local community college will ensure that they are part of the solutions this valley requires for development off High School Road. From transportation goals to housing, CWC will be at the table to support the infrastructure necessary to ensure a thriving campus while being good neighbors to surrounding housing and schools.

This project represents over 10 years of hard work to make it a reality. From the $3.8 million on the 2017 SPET to the recent $10.3 million from the 2022 Wyoming Legislature, we are in a prime position to move forward.

Central Wyoming College Jackson will be breaking ground with voters’ support on SPET in late 2023.

We serve the local population, with 95% of our students already living locally. We are Teton County’s hometown college, and we are excited about the chance, with your support, to continue our 45-year legacy of educational and cultural opportunities. 

Susan Durfee is the director of Central Wyoming College in Jackson.