This month's Buffalo Chamber of Commerce luncheon featured Sheridan College and Sheridan College in Johnson County.
Officials from both campuses were in attendance, including College President Dr. Paul Young, who began the presentation by giving a bleak future for Wyoming an the rest of the US if current trends continue.
He said from 1880 to 1980 the US showed increases every year in the number of those holding post-secondary credentials. The US was first in the world in adults with post-secondary education. That percentage, he said, has decreased since 1980 and currently sits at 34% in Wyoming. The US is currently 17th in the world in percentage of adults with post-secondary credentials.
To compete in a global eceonomy, he said, that number needs to increase to 66% by 2020.
That is the challenge facing not just Sheridan College or the University of Wyoming, but universities and community colleges across the nation. It is a challenge that Sheridan College and SCJC plan to take on, he said.
Through partnerships with local school districts, communities and business leaders, the college hopes to secure a place in the global economy for the US, Wyoming, and local communities.