NWCCD Sees Rise in Graduation Rate at Sheridan College

Members of the board of trustees of the Northern Wyoming Community College District discuss items on the agenda at Thursday's meeting. (Photo by Chris Foy)
Members of the board of trustees of the Northern Wyoming Community College District discuss items on the agenda at Thursday's meeting. (Photo by Chris Foy)

The board of trustees of the Northern Wyoming Community College District heard reports Thursday night about how Sheridan College has seen a rise in the graduation rate of its students - to 31%. Though there are many factors at play, this is the first time the college has reached a graduation rate in the thirties.

Marketing Director for Sheridan College, Wendy Smith, explains how some of the college and district's strategy has changed with the times.

Smith say admissions counselors reach out to students via email throughout the summer in hopes of making their goal of seeking higher education a reality.

At last month's meeting of the NWCCD board, Smith says the board approved a plan to set a goal of awarding 1,000 degrees or certificates - per year - by the year 2020. And the district is well on its way to that goal.

Along those lines, faculty within the math department at Sheridan College announced Thursday they will be implementing a pilot program changing the way students take remedial math courses, in hopes of retaining some of the most at-risk students.

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