Technical Education Center
(Tech Center)

 The Challenge

  • Students are being turned away from Sheridan College’s Machine Tool, Welding and Diesel Technology programs due to a lack of instructional space
  • The Sheridan College Tech Center, which is almost 40 years old, is inadequate for teaching the precision, state-of-the-art, high-tech skills required by today’s employers
  • Over the next 10 years, 1,359 workers will be needed just to replace Wyoming retirees in the diesel, welding, construction and machine tool trades (http://doe.state.wy.us/lmi/projections.htm)
  • By 2020, 65% of jobs in our state will require education beyond high school, yet only 34% of Wyoming adults have an associate degree or higher (www.completecollege.org/state_data/)

The Project

  • Renovation and expansion of the aging Tech Center Addition of 27,205 sq. ft. instructional space and new industry training center
  • Renovation of 25,795 sq. ft. existing instructional space

The Investment

  • Potentially Funded with $15.85 million voter-approved bond measure – Election to be held August 20, 2013
    • Estimated monthly tax impact of $2.09 per $100,000 of a home’s market value

The Benefits

  • Provide up to four times as many students with the high-tech skills necessary to secure their future
  • Stabilize, strengthen and diversify the local economy by providing employers with a reliable source of highly skilled workers
  • Allow workers who lose their jobs to gain new skills that are in high demand