2023-2024 Catalog 
    
    Jun 21, 2024  
2023-2024 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

General Information



Development of Eastern Wyoming College

Eastern Wyoming College was established in September of 1948 in Torrington, Wyoming, Goshen County, as the Southeast University Center, an extension of the University of Wyoming and part of the Torrington Public School District Number 3. In June of 1956, the voters of the Torrington Public School District voted to organize Goshen County Community College District as an independent political subdivision of the state with its own Board of Trustees. At this time, the name of the College was officially changed to Goshen County Community College.  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 as well.  In the fall of 1965, all public school districts within Goshen County voted to become a part of the College District. In 1967, the name of the College was changed to Eastern Wyoming College, and in December 1968, the name of the College District officially became the Eastern Wyoming Community College District.

After the reorganization in 1956, 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.

Mission

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

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.

     Objectives:

  • 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’s practices, financial resources and services are poised to provide quality educational programs, services, and a safe environment to our students and employees. The College commits to developing and implementing an infrastructure that will support facilities, quality programs, and technological solutions to address current and future needs of the institution.

     Objectives:

  • Efficiently utilize human, economic and environmental resources.
  • Attract, recruit, and retain high quality people.
  • Update, implement, and evaluate a comprehensive, multi-year Institutional Technology Plan.
  • Update, implement, and evaluate the Facilities Master Plan.
  • Continuous commitment to campus safety.

Strategic Goal #3 - The College’s structure and practices ensure clear and complete support for fair, ethical, and transparent processes to all that we serve.

     Objectives:

  • 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.

Diversity Statement

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.

Government

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

First Elected  Term Expires   
2017 2024 Bob Baumgartner, Chair
2022 2026 Jackie Van Mark, Vice-Chair
2019 2024 Randy Adams, Secretary
2022 2026 Rick Vonburg, Treasurer
2022 2026 Doug Mercer
2022 2024 Katherine Patrick
2020 2024 Kurt Sittner
    Jim Willox, Converse County Advisory Member

Accreditation

Eastern Wyoming College is accredited by the following professional organizations:

  • The Higher Learning Commission

230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604
Telephone: 800.621.7440/312.263.0456
Fax: 312.263.7462
info@hlcommission.org
www.hlcommission.org

  • American Veterinary Medical Association

1931 N. Meacham Road, Suite 100
Schaumburg, IL 60173-4360
Telephone: (800) 248.2862
Fax: (847) 925.1329
www.avma.org

  • American Welding Society

8669 NW 36 Street, Suite 130
Miami, FL 33166-6672
Telephone: (800) 443.9353
www.aws.org

  • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing

3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400
Atlanta, GA 30326
Telephone: (404) 975.5000
Fax: (404) 975.5020
www.acenursing.org

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Associate Degree Nursing Program is initial Accreditation.

To obtain additional accreditation information, contact the EWC Office of Academic Services at (307) 532.8220.

Memberships

  • 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
(307) 532.8330