Whitney Benefits trustees and Sheridan College trustees announced today an unprecedented plan, including the largest gift in the history of the college, a $25.3 million commitment to Sheridan College from Whitney Benefits, to continue to build capacity for additional students, bolstering the Sheridan County economy.
The commitment from Whitney Benefits to the College includes the necessary $1.3 million required to complete the $8 million Mars Agriculture Center and Science Center renovation project, $16 million to support the renovation and expansion of the fine and performing arts wing of the original Whitney Building, $2 million to support infrastructure and parking improvements on the main campus and $6 million for approximately half of the Tech Center renovation and expansion project.
In a media release issued by Sheridan College, President Dr. Paul Young said that they currently serve over 2,000 students per semester, and that this plan and infusion of energy and capital will significantly aid in their efforts to grow the academic areas that align with the local job sectors experiencing growth and positive change.
The renovation and expansion of the fine and performing arts wing located at the north end of the current Whitney Building, referred to as the Whitney Center for the Arts, will include space to enrich the learning experience for all students. The Mars Agriculture Center will be a 13,000 - 15,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art facility, and will be located on the south end of Sheridan College’s main campus, adjacent and connected to the existing Science Center, which will also receive upgrades during the project.
The $6 million earmarked for the expansion and renovation of the Technical Education Center is approximately half of the total needed to provide a healthier, safer and more secure facility for students to gain vocational degrees and employable skills. College officials plan to request the additional funds from the State of Wyoming during the 2016 legislative session.