Development of Eastern Wyoming College
Eastern Wyoming College was established in September 1948 as the Southeast University Center, an extension of the University of Wyoming and a part of the Torrington School District 3. From 1948 - 1956, the College struggled for existence on a very limited budget which necessarily limited the faculty, curriculum, and student enrollment. At one time during this period, the College enrolled only 16 full-time students taught by two full-time instructors, and was offering only a dozen classes.
In June of 1956, the citizens of the Torrington Public School District voted to organize the Goshen County Community College District as an independent political subdivision of the state with its own board of control. Although this initial action in the formation of a separate college district encompassed the same territorial boundaries as that of the Torrington Public School District, it was possible to enlarge the district by election to annex additional public school districts to the College District. During the fall of 1956, District 1 and District 10 elected to become a part of the College District. In the spring of 1958, District 7 voted to become a part of the College District also. In the fall of 1965 all public school districts within Goshen County voted to become a part of the College District. The name of the college was changed from the Goshen County Community College District to Eastern Wyoming Community College District on December 20, 1968.
After the reorganization in 1956, the enrollment increased to 62 full-time students with 4 full-time instructors offering approximately 30 classes during each term of the school year. Growth of the institution continued steadily. Today the College serves almost 1,700 students in credit courses and almost 700 students in non-credit activities. The College supports a branch campus in Douglas and Regional Learning Centers in Converse, Crook, Niobrara, Platte, and Weston counties.
College Mission - Adopted November 10, 2017
Student success is our first priority; as a learning community we provide opportunities that enable students to achieve their goals and enrich our unique region through work, partnerships, and student achievement.
Strategic Goals - Revised and Adopted Fall, 2020
Strategic Goal #1 - The College will advance student success through highly engaged educational practices that include associate degree opportunities and transferability, career and technical programs, certificate programs, duel credit, community and adult education, and workforce development to prepare students for the modern workforce.
- Create and implement an Academic Master Plan.
- Create and implement a Strategic Enrollment Management and Student Success Plan.
- Create an environment that enhances a sense of diversity, inclusive excellence, and campus engagement.
Strategic Goal #2 - The College commits to developing and implementing an infrastructure that will support financial resources, facilities, quality educational programs, safe campus environment, and technological solutions that address current and future needs of the institution.
- Develop and implement efficient processes that utilize human, economic, and environmental resources.
- Identify and secure alternative revenue and funding streams.
- Attract, recruit, and retain high quality people.
- Update, implement, and evaluate a comprehensive, multi-year Institutional Technology Plan.
- Update, implement, and evaluate a comprehensive, multi-year Facilities Master Plan.
- Continuous commitment to improving campus safety.
Strategic Goal #3 - The College’s structure and practices will be refined to ensure clear and complete support for fair, ethical, and transparent processes for all whom we serve.
- Foster a climate of inclusivity so that all students, employees, and visitors are welcomed, supported, and valued for their contributions.
- Advance a performance-based culture built on data-informed decisions and continuous improvement.
College Vision for the Future
College Vision - Adopted November 10, 2017
Eastern Wyoming College will be an innovative learning environment for academic excellence and community enrichment that champions student success.
Student Philosophy Statement
(Approved by Curriculum and Learning Council July 2010)
Eastern Wyoming College is committed to providing a student experience that promotes academic success in a challenging and supportive environment, facilitates the transition to college for first time students, and helps all students identify and achieve their individual goals. EWC’s student experience is designed to foster personal growth by increasing independence, promoting ethical behaviors and personal responsibility for learning, and affording opportunities for student involvement in campus activities to enhance social development.
Eastern Wyoming College envelops a culture respective of our diverse communities, learners, and society. Through active dialogue we engage in enriching the lives of our students, faculty, staff, and community by providing the safe and free exchange of ideas, knowledge, and perspective. Central to our mission is the dynamic understanding of diversity to include but not limited to: age, culture, ethnicity, gender, class, creed, orientation, and perspective. Diversity at EWC forms the foundation of our values, skills, and learning- culminating into the norms for how we build relationships, communicate, and resolve conflict. As an institution, we affirm the holistic understanding of diversity and endeavor to foster an environment for its growth, support, and future as it reveals who we are today and whom we will become tomorrow.
Eastern Wyoming College is a public institution established under the provisions of the State Legislature’s 1951 Community College Act for the purpose of providing instruction in the first two years of college work, and for offering related services to the people of eastern Wyoming. The College is a tax-supported, co-educational institution under the control of an elected board, the members of which are residents of the College District. The College is operated by the Eastern Wyoming Community College District.
The Eastern Wyoming College Board consists of seven members elected to four year terms (beginning with the general election in 1988), by the eligible voters within the College District. The terms are to be determined by the Board of Trustees, with never more than a simple majority being elected at one time.
Regular meetings of the Board are held on the second Tuesday of each month. Special meetings are called by the President of the Board to conduct business as required.
Board of Trustees
||Bob Baumgartner, Chair
||Judith Bartmann, Vice-Chair
||Colby Ochsner, Secretary
||Tom John McCreery, Treasurer
||Jim Willox, Converse County Advisory Member
Eastern Wyoming College is accredited by the following professional organizations:
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To obtain additional accreditation information, contact the EWC Office of Institutional Effectiveness at (307) 532.8220.
- American Association of Community Colleges
- APPA: The Association of Higher Education Facilities Officers
- Association of Community College Trustees
- College and University Professional Association for Human Resources
- E & I Cooperative Services
- Mountain States Association of Community Colleges
- National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
- National Block and Bridle Club
- National College Testing Association
- National Community Education Association
- National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association
- National Intergovernmental Purchasing Alliance (IPA)
- National Junior College Athletic Association
- National Junior College Livestock Judging Coaches Association
- The Higher Learning Commission
- Western Undergraduate Exchange
- Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education
- Wyoming Association of Community College Trustees
- Wyoming Community College Athletic Conference
- Wyoming Distance Education Consortium (WyDEC)
Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Policy Statement
Eastern Wyoming College is dedicated to providing opportunities and recognizing the talent of all people within the institution. There is a commitment to a policy of equal employment opportunity for all persons on the basis of merit without regard to race, color, national origin, marital status, age, sexual orientation, sex, religion, political belief, veteran status or disability.
In accordance with the policy, Eastern Wyoming College affirms its commitment to nondiscrimination in its employment practices as they relate to recruitment, hiring, selection, screening, employment, testing, compensation, promotion, employment benefits, training and educational opportunities, access to programs, work assignments, transfer, application of policies and discipline, access to grievance procedures, and any and all other conditions of employment which are provided by Eastern Wyoming College policy, regulation, rule or practice.
All administrators, faculty, staff, committees and others involved in employment related decisions are directed to comply with this policy. The Director of Human Resources is responsible for administering and coordinating the College’s Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Program.
Name, office location and telephone number are:
Director of Human Resources
Affirmative Action Officer
Tebbet Building, 234
Eastern Wyoming College
3200 West C Street
Torrington, WY 82240