Western Wyoming Community College

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Western Wyoming Community College
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Motto "A commitment to quality and success."[1]
Established 1959
Type Public
Academic staff 183 [1]
Admin. staff 111 [1]
Students 2617[1]
Location Rock Springs, Wyoming
Campus Small city
Colors             
Red, white, black
Mascot Mustangs
Website www.wwcc.wy.edu

Western Wyoming Community College (WWCC) is a two year college located in Rock Springs, Wyoming.[2] WWCC offers various one year certificates, numerous two year associate degrees, and some four year degrees in cooperation with the University of Wyoming in Laramie, Wyoming.[3] The college students are known as the Mustangs.[4]

The campus itself is unique, owing to the harsh winters all of the main college is indoors, connected via hallways. Since the local area is home to many dinosaur fossil finds, there are reproductions of various dinosaur skeletons in public areas of the college.

History[edit]

Western Wyoming Community College, the fifth of seven community colleges in Wyoming,[5] was established in the Fall of 1959.[2] Through the efforts of a citizens’ committee, a campaign was begun, an election was held, and the College and the original district were created. In September, 1959, forty students enrolled for college credit courses with five full-time faculty teaching during the evening.

In 1960-61, the College moved to Reliance, 5 miles (8 km) from Rock Springs, to occupy the former Reliance High School and daytime classes began. In September, 1964, the original district was expanded to include all communities within Sweetwater County, a new Board of Trustees was elected, and the official name of the College became Western Wyoming Community College.

Consistent growth of the College led to the inauguration of a $1,822,000 building program on October 4, 1966. On November 11, 1967, ground-breaking ceremonies marked the beginning of construction on a new campus, and completion in June, 1969. Growth continued. In March, 1973, voters approved a $1,780,000 bond issue to provide additional instructional facilities. The new vocational-technical education building was ready for occupancy in Fall, 1974, and the college center building was completed. In 1976, three residence halls were constructed to provide on-campus housing, made possible by a loan from the State Farm Loan Board. The College was granted accreditation by the North Central Association in April 1976.

Again, in 1981, the citizens of Sweetwater County demonstrated their support for Western Wyoming Community College by authorizing a building project that cost in excess of $63,000,000. This major expansion created one of the most modern and beautiful community college campuses in the West. The Rock Springs Daily Rocket-Miner advocated the expanded campus through the work of its late publisher, Charles E. Richardson. Students who enrolled in 1985 were the first to use new student housing, the Green River Center and the Technology and Industry shops. Between the Fall of 1987 and Fall of 1988, a new student commons area, classrooms and labs, offices, Children’s Center, studios, and theatre were occupied. A new chemistry laboratory was completed for the Fall of 1993. Construction of a fifth residence hall was approved in December, 1994, and completed in August, 1997. The most recent expansion was the construction of a sixth residence hall completed in 2008.

Student numbers have increased from 40 in 1959 to over 5,000 in 2002. These figures include all students – varying ages and interests, enrolled in the credit, non-credit and extension programs. The number of full-time students enrolled for college credit courses has increased to approximately 1,000, and full-time equivalent students (FTE) has increased to approximately 1,800.

Location[edit]

Western Wyoming Community College is located in Rock Springs and has an extended campus center in Green River in Sweetwater County.[2] The boundaries of the College district, conterminal with those of the County, enclose 10,473 square miles (27,120 km2) in the southwestern part of the State. The average elevation of the County is over 6,500 feet above sea level. Green River, which is located approximately 12 miles (19 km) west of the main campus site, together with Rock Springs, comprises the fourth largest population center in the State of Wyoming.[6] The recreation areas of Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area,[7] The Grand Teton National Park/Jackson Hole country, and Yellowstone National Park are all easily accessible to the College community. The campus, consisting of 435 acres (1.8 km2), with modern facilities and equipment, can be easily reached by Greyhound Bus Lines and various airlines as well as by car on Interstate 80 and U.S. 191.

There is a Western Wyoming Community College Foundation. Former State Senator Robert H. Johnson was one of its members.[8]

Majors[edit]

WWCC offers two-year transfer programs for students pursuing a baccalaureate, two-year occupational degrees and a number of occupational certificate programs.[9]

Programs include:

  • Humanities and Fine Arts: Art, Ceramics, Communication, Dance, English, General Studies, Journalism, Music, Musical Theatre, Spanish, Technical Theatre, Theatre, Western American Studies
  • Social Science: Anthropology, Archaeology, Criminal Justice, Elementary Education, Secondary Education, Early Childhood Education, History, Human Services, International Studies, Political Science, Pre-Law, Psychology, Social Science, Social Work, Sociology
  • Science and Mathematics: Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Environmental Science, Geology, Mathematics, Pre-Forestry, Pre-Rangeland Ecology and Watershed Management, Pre-Wildlife Biology
  • Business: Accounting, Administrative Assistant, Business Administration, Computer Science, Economics, Legal Assistant, Marketing, Marketing and E-Commerce, Medical Office Assistant, Office Information Systems, Supervisory Leadership, Web Site Development
  • Technology and Industry: Automotive, Compression Technology, Diesel & Heavy Equipment Maintenance and Repair, Electricity, Electronics and Instrumentation, Industrial Maintenance, Mining Maintenance, Oil and Gas Production, Plant Operations, Power Plant Maintenance Mechanics, Surface Maintenance Mechanics, Underground Maintenance Mechanics, Welding
  • Health Science: Certified Nurse Assistant, Exercise Science, Nursing, Pre-Dental Hygiene, Pre-Dentistry, Pre-Medicine, Pre-Occupational Therapy, Pre-Veterinary Medicine, Pre-Physical Therapy, Pre-Radiology

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Coordinates: 41°35′28″N 109°14′12″W / 41.59111°N 109.23667°W / 41.59111; -109.23667