College Tech Center Awaits Funding

President Dr. Paul Young told trustees of the Northern Wyoming Community College District at their meeting Thursday night that about half of the $13 million project is funded. That's $6.5 million the college has received from Whitney Benefits. But the remaining $6.5 million will come from the state of Wyoming, and that hasn't happened yet.

In an interview with Sheridan Media after the board meeting, Young said the state's share of funds was included in the budget passed by the Legislature last spring.

Young said the state won't release the money until the federal money is in hand. But, he said, the college would like to get the tech center project bid this spring, because that's when the best bid prices are offered.

He said the tech center is the most important project the college has undertaken. He said what's involved is expansion and a complete gutting and renovation of the existing building, because it was constructed in the 1970s and, for example, doesn't have the electrical services that are necessary today.

In other action Thursday night, college trustees approved a request by Sheridan College faculty member Dr. Scott Newbold. The sabbatical will start on Jan. 18.

Trustees also heard a presentation by Sheridan College instructors and students who traveled to and studied in parts of Belize during the holiday break, and heard a report on the recent National Legislative Summit in Washington, D.C.