County Legislators met with CWC Administration and Trustees Monday to hear college priorities

    (Riverton, Wyo.) – Three Fremont County lawmakers met with officials at Central Wyoming College during a Monday luncheon in advance of the upcoming 2019 legislative session in Cheyenne. The luncheon is an annual affair for the college to discuss its legislative priorities. State Senators Eli Bebout of Riverton and Cale Case of Lander and State Representative Lloyd Larsen of Lander listened to and interacted with CWC President Dr. Brad Tyndall, Vice President for Administrative Services Willie Noseep, Vice President for Student Affairs Cory Daly and Wyoming PBS General Manager Terry Dugas. Members of the college’s board of trustees also attended.

    Tyndall said the local college’s priorities are aligned with the 2019 priorities developed by the Wyoming Association of Community College Trustees in association with the state’s seven community college presidents. Those priorities include an employee cost of living adjustment (COLA), Capital Construction requests as recommended by the State Construction Department and creation of an adult-focused scholarship/financial aid program to help meet the state’s higher education attainment goals.

    CWC Vice Presidents Willie Noseep and Cory Daly listened to St. Rep. Lloyd Larsen during Monday’s Legislative luncheon at the college. 

    Noseep noted that Governor Matt Mead has recommended $1-million for a community college compensation increase in his supplemental budget request. That would equate to a 1.4 percent COLA of which the state pays 60 percent and each college would contribute 40 percent. “In conjunction with all seven community college presidents, we have asked Governor Elect (Mark) Gordon to incorporate a 4 percent COLA in his FY20 supplemental budget,” Noseep said. It was noted that the rate of inflation over the past eight years in Wyoming has been 16 percent, while community colleges have only been able to give raises of about 8.5 percent during that time.


    Tyndall said the seven community college districts “stand together” on capital construction requests for the Northern Wyoming Community College District in Sheridan, CWC and Western Wyoming College in Rock Springs.  Sheridan is seeking Level III construction funding for a Health and Science Building and for renovation and expansion of its Culinary Arts program. CWC’s request is for the Rocky Mountain C0mplex for Ag and Equine Sciences and Western’s request is for Level III design and construction and repair of the college’s mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire suppression systems.

    Dugas showed a two minute-long trailer for a new Bozeman Trail documentary being produced jointly by WyomingPBS and MontanaPBS. The program will be available for screening and broadcast this coming spring.

    State Senator Cale Case followed along with a presentation by CWC Vice President for Student Affairs Cory Daly on encouraging more Wyoming adults to attain a post-secondary credential to meet a state attainment goal. 
    State Senator Eli Bebout, who served as the President of the Senate during the last legislative session, will be a member of the Joint Appropriations Committee for the upcoming legislative session. Lander St. Rep. Lloyd Larsen is also a member of the powerful JAC. Bebout, Larsen and St. Sen. Cale Case attended a luncheon at Central Wyoming College Monday to hear CWC’s legislative priorities for the upcoming Legislative session in Cheyenne. 

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