Trustees Attend College Strategic Plan Meeting

College trustees met Friday with President Dr. Paul Young and members of the staff in a preliminary discussion of the Northern Wyoming Community College District's strategic plan to 2020.

Wendy Smith, the district's director of marketing and public information, said the mission and goals of the plan remain the same, but the plan hasn't been updated since 2012. Dr. Young said it's time for a new conversation.

The college district's basic goal is to produce 1,000 graduate awards per year by 2020 at the three schools the district operates. Those are Sheridan College in Sheridan, Gillette College in Gillette and the Johnson County campus. Dr. Richard Hall, who is vice president for academic affairs, said one of the goals to achieve student success is to provide clear pathways to completion, and reducing the obstacles faced by students in obtaining degrees. Another goal, he said, is to provide the skilled workers most needed by the regional economy.

Among issues the district is struggling with is staff salaries. Dr. Young said it's been eight years in some cases since the college has been able to increase faculty salaries based on the individual's tenure with the district, because of budget issues. Friday's meeting was informational only, and no decisions were made. Smith said in the fall, the college district will have work sessions with all of the employees and will publish a new brochure with revised goals around December or January. Dr. Young said there must be, and will be, meetings with all district staff to develop an action plan.