NWCCD awards record number of degrees

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 13, 2014

Contact: Wendy Smith (307) 674-6446 ext. 2801/Email wsmith @ sheridan.edu

NWCCD awards record number of degrees; Administration remains committed to national, state agenda

Following the completion of its 65th graduation ceremony in Sheridan, College officials announced this year’s total awards earned by graduates topped 750; Sheridan College- 466 and Gillette College- 302 – a record number for the Northern Wyoming Community College District. Awarding 1,000 certificates or degrees per year by the year 2020 remains a central goal in the District’s strategic plan, adopted by the Board of Trustees in March 2010.

“The diploma earned by each individual signifies persistence, sacrifice, self-discipline, intellectual accomplishment, and a major life milestone,” said NWCCD President Paul Young. “It is also a reminder that we must remain focused on doing our part to help Wyoming and the nation as a whole to prosper by continuing to help more and more students reach this milestone.”

According to the most recent Lumina Foundation report, 37 percent of working-age adults (ages 25-64) in Wyoming hold a two- or four-year college degree, an increase of almost one percent over one year ago. The national average is 39.4 percent.

According to Young the College trustees and leadership remain committed to their strategic plan which includes several initiatives aimed at increasing student success. Initiatives include improving methods of testing readiness to ensure early and accurate course selection, new awards to recognize career-oriented learning, increased emphasis on student engagement with faculty and co-curricular activities, strengthening advising and creating realistic academic plans.

“While it is good to see progress, we must continue to work with our industry partners and others to ensure we are building capacity to serve our region well into the future,” said Young. “We know an estimated 65 percent of jobs in the State will require a credential by 2020, we have to continue to do our part.”

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