SC receives gift of land, valued at $1.2M from Neltje

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                                    October 20, 2011

Contact:    Wendy Smith (307) 674-6446 ext. 2801 e-mail

Sheridan College receives gift of land, valued at $1.2M from Neltje

SHERIDAN, Wyo.— Sheridan College announced today the receipt of a gift of 40 acres of land from Sheridan County resident, Neltje.  The land is valued at $1.2 million, and is part of the Wrench Ranch development north of Sheridan. Adjacent to the newly developed high-tech industrial park, the land will be used to support comprehensive and transferable animal and equine science programs at Sheridan College.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for Sheridan College and for Sheridan County,” said President Paul Young. “This gift is the next step in the realization of a vision that began with E.A. Whitney over 80 years ago.  He recognized then, as we do now, the importance of agriculture as a foundational area of academic study.  Our students and our community benefit by both his vision, and the vision of Neltje.”

The first phase in development of the land will include a large indoor arena with classrooms that will enable the college to offer courses in Equine and Animal Science including classes in Equine Equitation; Artificial Insemination; Equine and Livestock Conformation; Horse Training; and Feeds and Feed Trials, while also providing safe and healthy practice and event environment for our rodeo athletes. The facilities and land will support the academic achievement and engagement of Sheridan College students.

“Agriculture today does not look like it did twenty years ago,” said Dean of Ag & Technical Careers, Dr. Ami Erickson.  “Today’s students must be equipped with a unique blend of foundational knowledge and technical skills using the latest methodology and instrumentation.  This location, along with the facility, will help us further build the agriculture programs for the future.”

“With gratitude we accept this gift to further enable the college to build our agriculture programs and facilities,” said Sheridan College Foundation Chair, Karen Ferguson. “Neltje has been, and continues to be, a strong partner for education and community.  We are encouraged to make every effort to grow the college as a strong participant in the Sheridan community.”




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