Technical Education Center
(Tech Center)

 The Challenge

  • Due to a lack of instructional space students are being turned away from Sheridan College’s Machine Tool, Welding and Diesel Technology programs
  • The Sheridan College Tech Center, nearing 40 years old, is inadequate for teaching the precision, state-of-the-art, high-tech skills required by today’s employers
  • During the next 10 years, 1,359 workers will be needed just to replace Wyoming retirees in the diesel, welding, construction and machine tool trades, according to a recent study
  • By 2020, 65 percent of jobs in our state will require education beyond high school, yet only 34 percent of Wyoming adults have an associate degree or higher, according to a recent study

The Project sheridan college tech education

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

The Investment

  • The total cost of the Tech Center project is $13 million
  • With a private donation of $1 million helping launch the project in 2014, Sheridan College is currently expanding the Tech Center and will move forward in several phases to complete the building’s renovation
  • Whitney Benefits pledged $6 million; college officials will seek matching funds from the state of Wyoming during the 2016 legislative session.

The Benefits

  • The renovation and expansion of the Tech Center will be complete in 2017.
  • 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