College Board Approves Master Plan, Creates Honorary Degrees

Dr. Paul Young -- Pat Blair Photo
Dr. Paul Young -- Pat Blair Photo

Trustees of the Northern Wyoming Community College District that administers Sheridan College and the Gillette and Johnson County campuses met last night.

At that time, they approved a master plan that calls for renovation and expansion of 11 Sheridan College facilities over the next six years. Work includes remodeling of science labs, creation of new space for the music program, additional housing, and expansion of the culinary arts facility on Sheridan Avenue.

Sheridan College President Dr. Paul Young said the college is growing across the board. He said current full-time equivalency enrollment is 1,500, and that's expected to grow to more than 2,000, in the next decade. He told trustees that all of the buildings are 40 to 45 years old and approaching the end of their functional lives.

In other action, trustees approved presentation of honorary degrees this spring to three people – after approving a new policy that will allow honorary degrees to be given. The president said the college has never had an honorary degree policy, and he talked about the need.

The degree recipients are: Mel Heckman of Sheridan, a Pearl Harbor survivor, honored for his heroic actions during World War II and his ongoing service to Wyoming veterans; Neltje of Sheridan, for her contributions in expanding the visual and performing arts culture of Sheridan County, her work through the Jentel program and her philanthropic endeavors in the community; and Alice Bratton, a Gillette nurse and educator at Gillette College, for her lifelong work with Campbell County's healthcare system.

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