According to a media release issued Monday, a group of community members have formed a Political Action Committee to elevate public awareness and gain voter support for a $15.85 million bond for renovation and expansion of the Sheridan College Technical Education Center. The bond question will go to Sheridan County voters at a special election on August 20, 2013.
Supporters of Sheridan College Chairman Mark Kinner stated in the release that the PAC will focus its efforts on informing the public about the need for the project, ensuring that voters are aware of the August 20 election date, and encouraging supporters to turn out and support the initiative.
He added that the existing Tech Center operates at maximum student capacity, despite a number of outdated systems and structural issues, and that for every student enrolled in the Diesel, Welding, and Machine Tool Technology programs, two to three are turned away due to insufficient capacity. Kinner said that graduating Tech students have a nearly 100% job placement rate following completion of the college's programs.
According to the media release, more than 81% of the students currently enrolled in the Tech programs at Sheridan College are from Wyoming, and more than 50% are from Sheridan County. More information on the Supporters of Sheridan College PAC can be found at www.supportsheridancollege.com