NWCCD-Led Partnership Receives Multi-Million Dollar Grant

College district trustees from left, Bruce Hoffman, Walt Wragge, Chair Norleen Healy, Robert Leibrich and Kati Sherwood. (Photo by Pat Blair)

A partnership led by the Northern Wyoming Community College District in Sheridan has received a grant of nearly $5 million from the U.S. Department of Labor.

College President Dr. Paul Young and Vice President Dr. Susan Bigelow announced the grant at Thursday's board of trustees meeting. Young said the NWCCD's share of the grant is $1.5 million.

He said the money is targeted to those people who need to learn new skills to maintain or grow their employment. He said the grant will allow the partnership, including Sheridan College, to develop need-based aid for non-traditional students.

The partnership is called the Wyoming/Montana Partnership and includes, in addition to the local college district, Casper College, Laramie County Community College and Montana State University-City College. The Northern Wyoming Community College District includes Sheridan and Gillette colleges and the Johnson County Campus.

In other action Thursday, trustees approved a request to add intercollegiate soccer for men and women at Gillette College, starting in the fall. Chair Norleen Healy also appointed a committee to present a slate of proposed officers for the coming year for consideration at the board's next meeting. The meeting was to have been in Buffalo but was changed to Sheridan because of the weather. Dr. Young said a meeting in Buffalo will be scheduled at a later time.

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Trustees Chair Norleen Healy. (Photo by Pat Blair)
College President Dr. Paul Young. (Photo by Pat Blair)