College District Receives Grant

The Northern Wyoming Community College District has received a grant from the Wyoming Department of Education to fund improvements to the district's distance education program.

The college district administers Sheridan College and campuses in Gillette and Johnson County.

Two college districts and four school districts have been awarded grants totaling more than $248,000. The Northern Wyoming college district is the only local school to receive grant funds. A news release from the education department did not specify how much money each school would receive. The department's distance education consultant did say that the award included extra funding for developing new online courses, professional development and maintenance of the distance education system.

The local college district is receiving a grant to increase the online availability for dual enrollment high school students to take introductory courses leading to a degree in human services. The state education department release said the grant will help increase access to distance and post-secondary education opportunities, and provide opportunities for high school and college faculty to develop curriculum.

Other grant recipients included Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne, and school districts in Campbell, Fremont, Natrona and Niobrara counties.

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