Sheridan College is among the fastest-growing community colleges in the nation – and the only college in the Rocky Mountain states to make the list announced in a recent report. College President Dr. Paul Young said a special report by Community College Week named Sheridan College eighth on its list of the country's 25 fastest-growing colleges in 2013. Young made the announcement to trustees of the Northern Wyoming Community College District at Thursday's board meeting. The college district includes Sheridan Colleges and its Gillette and Johnson County campuses.
The special report is based on change in enrollment from fall 2011 to fall 2012. Dr. Young said enrollment at Sheridan College and its two outlying campuses increased 9 percent, from 3,888 students in 2011 to more than 4,200 in 2012. Sheridan College ranked 11th in Community College Week's report for 2012.
Also during the meeting, Young said Sheridan College will begin a new tradition next week that will continue efforts to honor service men and women. Beginning Monday, the National Anthem will be played on speakers starting at 7:30 in the morning. The president said Sheridan College is home to a growing veteran population. About 80 veterans are currently enrolled.
Trustees in other action approved the president's recommendation that Patrick Barker, Val Burgess, Trish Hammer-Davis, Everett McGlothlin, Casey Osborne and Bill Rohrbaugh be appointed to the Sheridan College Foundation board. They also approved early retirement for Gary Wolfe, administrative manager/trainer of the Mining Safety & Health Administration Industry Training Center at Gillette College.
Forward Sheridan Executive Director Jay Stender and board Chairman Mark Kinner updated the college board on Forward Sheridan activities, and thanked trustees and the president for their commitment to the economic development organization and the community.