Jackson, WY – Just one month after the Wyoming Community College Commission voted to support $7.57 million for the CWC-Jackson Center as their number one capital construction priority for the 2020 Wyoming State Legislature Budget Session, the State Building Commission (SBC) approved a 50/50 match of $7,577,330 from the state, ensuring that the project will continue to move forward in the process for state funding support.
“We are so excited and grateful to the state and the Jackson community for their support of this project. Together we are realizing that we can bring to fruition, a full-service community college that will serve the greater Jackson and Teton communities,” President Brad Tyndall said.
Next in the process will be the continued work of securing the local Teton County match through philanthropy and possibly local public funding support.
“Teton County is in a unique position to fund, grow and support quality higher education infrastructure that is strategically aligned with community needs. The public-private partnership that is already established, through voter-approved SPET funding, generous private donations and pledges, and now the State matching funds shows the commitment to creating the community asset that the new CWC-Jackson Center will be. The generous offers of support and assistance from members across the community is humbling,” said new CWC Foundation Director of Development Shan Kingston. Shan is based in Jackson.
Central Wyoming College has been serving the Jackson area for over forty years, offering courses most recently at the Center for the Arts. Programs in critical employment areas of health sciences, culinary/hospitality, business, and entrepreneurship have been advantageous for the community, the region, and the state. Programs from CWC’s Institute of Tribal Learning have presented on diversity and inclusion, CWC’s faculty have engaged students in important water quality research along the Snake River, and new partnerships are being formed everyday between CWC and other area nonprofits. More than 3,500 students have taken advantage of the community enrichment courses offered for ongoing learning and self-improvement. More than 1,100 students have been served in the Adult Education, High School Equivalency and College and Career Readiness programs for the site-bound workforce seeking to further their employment opportunities.
Senator Mike Gierau stated, “CWC has been and will continue to be a vital part of the Jackson community. This has been confirmed by the Wyoming Community College Commission ranking of CWC-Jackson as its first priority capital project and the State Building Commission’s approval of matching funds for the project. As we in this community know, CWC deserves our continued support; support which has been shown by matching private philanthropy, the SPET ballot approval and by enrollment. We look forward to CWC’s continued contributions to our community.”