MEET THE AG TEAM
Dr. Ami Erickson
Dean of Ag and Tech
Ph.D. – Horticulture Science (University of Minnesota)
Dr. Ami Erickson is the Dean of Agriculture and Technical Careers at Northern Wyoming Community College in Sheridan and Gillette Wyoming. She occasionally teaches courses in Biology, Biotechnology, Plant Biology, and Horticulture.
Dr. Erickson is a member of the Chair Academy, the Botanical Society of America, and a board member for the American Association of Technical Educators. She also is the newsletter editor for the Big Horn Native Plant Society.
Director of Agriculture/Instructor of Natural
M.S. – Rangeland Ecology and Watershed Management (University of Wyoming)
Keith’s work experience has included various positions working with land resources, most specifically focused on rangelands. Keith has a vast knowledge of rangeland, grassland, and pasture ecosystems, given the past research, consulting, and education he has provided across many parts of the United States, working with private landowners and public agencies to aid in the development of land stewardship and management. Keith has been an invited speaker at professional seminars, conferences, and provided numerous field trainings on specific natural resource land management topics. He believes that the natural resources and ranch land management fields require a variety of teaching methods, starting with simple components, then assimilating how each of those parts are interrelated among a holistic system, which becomes key to better understanding these dynamic and complex resources. Much of Keith’s teaching allows students to be “in-the-field”, gathering knowledge in the natural setting, then furthermore reinforcing that in the lab and classroom.
Chuck attended the University of California Davis where he earned a degree in Agricultural Sciences and Management with a Plant Science Option. After working in Ag. research for a year he returned to UCD and completed an Agricultural Specialist Degree and Teaching Certification. Chuck taught high school Ag. for seven years before coming to Sheridan College. By taking classes during the summers at the University of Wyoming he earned his Master’s degree. Chuck loves teaching at the community college level and strongly believes that the smaller class sizes and hands on learning make all the difference for students success.
Instructor of Sustainable Food Systems
Ph.D. – Horticultural Science (North Carolina State University)
Connie’s work experience has included various positions in meat, dairy, fruit and vegetable processing as well as five and a half years in Cooperative Extension working with fruit growers and processors. She has worked on research stations in North Carolina and Oregon where she planted, managed, harvested, and evaluated tree fruit, grape, and berry crops. Her background includes degrees and coursework in Horticulture, Food Science, and Family and Consumer Science, all areas in which she now teaches and advises at Sheridan College. Connie’s goals as an instructor are to spark in her students an enthusiasm for food science and horticulture and to give them the tools to become responsible food producers and discerning consumers in our global food system. Along the way they will accumulate the knowledge and hands-on experiences that will help make them leaders in their field after graduation.
Steve was raised on a ranch in central Montana and since an early age has had an interest in horses and cattle. He attended farrier school at Oklahoma State University and since that time has been a professional farrier.
Steve helped develop the testing standard for the American Farrier’s Association and has served as an examiner and as chairman of their certification committee.
Steve feels it is important that the knowledge of horses, farrier practice, and blacksmithing be passed on to the next generation of farriers. “We all stand on the shoulders of those who have gone before us!” is Steve’s favorite quote.
Administrative Assistant, Ag and Technical Careers
Hello! My name is Doris Ostrowski and I have been an employee of Wyoming Community College District since 2005. I truly enjoy my work and interacting with the students, faculty and staff at Sheridan College. Please feel free to stop by my office if there is anything I can help you with. I hope the semester brings you many exciting and memorable moments and I’m looking forward to seeing you!