A local college will be able to enhance distance learning opportunities because of a state grant. Leslie Stratmoen has the details.
A grant from the state that was established recently to enhance distance learning, will be used locally to increase online availability for dual enrollment high school students of introductory courses.
The grant of $14,500 comes from the Wyoming Department of Education to the Northern Wyoming Community College District. The district encompasses three separate counties, and serves an estimated 4,000 students, annually, through Sheridan College, Gillette College and outreach centers in Buffalo, Kaycee and Wright.
Stoney Gaddy is the district's distance learning director. He said the one-year grant will help develop and sustain distance education programs.
He went on to say, a program like this helps students develop a specific career plan, in this case, for a degree in human services.
He said the grant, specifically, pays for course develop stipends to the instructors.
Ultimately, he said, he hopes the grant will help build a bridge to learning with the instructors of the high school and college forming the foundation.