Dr. Paul Young, President of Northern Wyoming Community College District and of Sheridan College, was recently appointed President-Elect of the American Technical Education Association at their annual meeting in Tennessee. Young received the appointment on March 22.
He will will serve as president of the ATEA starting on July 1 through 2015 and assume the presidency in 2015 serving through 2017. In a media release, Young says it's an honor for him to serve the ATEA in this capacity and that it's critical that we continue to find creative ways to offer technical degrees in order to increase the number of trained workers.
He says educators and employers must remain committed to helping all students succeed, considering the gap in skills related to technical careers here in Sheridan and across the country. And as president of the NWCCD, the district has made many commitments to technical education in the area, from receiving over $5 million in grants from the Department of Labor, to opening a $36.8 million Technical Education Center on its Gillette Campus, as well as adding programs in Mining Technology and Industrial Electricity.
More recently, he announced the creation of the Jobs, Education, and Technology program - a partnership with Whitney Benefits that which will double the size of three technical program areas on the Sheridan College campus.
The ATEA is a leading association for post-secondary technical education with an emphasis on professional development. Educators and individuals from business and industry come together at conferences like the one in Tennessee to talk about the latest trends and developments in technology - and how education can change to fit those trends.