With all the recent discussion about growing the teaching staff at Sheridan College in high-demand areas like machine tool, welding and diesel technology to keep up with the students, what about their learning space? Sheridan Media's Chris Foy has the story.
At Thursday night's meeting of the Northern Wyoming Community College District Board of Trustees, representatives with investment banking firm George K. Baum & Co. shared strategies for implementing a public outreach effort on a proposal to renovate and expand the Technical Education Center at Sheridan College.
The college's current technical center was finished in 1977 and officials say the building is in need of repairs and upgrades. Expansion of the building could potentially quadruple enrollment in welding, diesel and machine tool technology programs, according to a media release from Sheridan College.
Paul Hanley with George K. Baum & Co. says the outreach effort will be focused on respecting the taxpayers and involving them in the planning process as much as possible.
At this point, the first step is a needs assessment - where data is analyzed, expert opinions are issued and plans are drawn up. Following that will be community outreach, public comment and if the college decides to put a tax measure on the ballot, campaign efforts in support of any potential measure.
College President Paul Young says the first building on campus was funded in part by Sheridan County residents. He says it's been 36 years since the college asked residents for this kind of support and that he's hopeful the results of this study will be positive.