College District Approves Pilot Program

Trustees of the Northern Wyoming Community College District approved a medical assistant program as a pilot program to start at Gillette College.

The district owns Gillette College in Gillette, Sheridan College in Sheridan and the Johnson County campus. Approval came at the board's meeting Thursday night, and college President Dr. Paul Young said the program would be piloted in Gillette because he doesn't think the district has the capacity to offer the program outside Gillette at this time.

He said the program will allow the college to offer a career track for students who are unable to enter the nursing program because of capacity. He said the nursing program is full at this time. Dr. Richard Hall, the district's vice president of academic affairs, said Campbell County Health currently is trying to train medical assistants, but said they feel the college could do the job better.

In other action Thursday, Dr. Young introduced Dr. Leah Barrett, the district's new vice president of student affairs. She will be at Sheridan College full-time starting in July. District trustees in other action approved tenure for four faculty members, including David Golden, an English instructor at Sheridan College. Also approved for tenure were Gillette College instructors Joe Gingrich, diesel technology; Troy Miller, welding; and Megan Rourke, math.

Trustees also on Thursday approved First Federal Savings Bank, First Interstate Bank and Wells Fargo Bank as official depositories for college district funds.