SHERIDAN — At their regularly scheduled board meeting Wednesday night, the Northern Wyoming Community College Board of Trustees heard from district President Dr. Paul Young that the district will receive a $2.75 million grant from the federal government.
“The biggest news is the word we received from Washington, D.C. today,” Young told the board. “We are an awardee for the TAACCCT program.”
The Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grant program promotes skills development and employment opportunities in fields such as advanced manufacturing, transportation and health care, as well as science, technology, engineering and match careers through partnerships between training providers and local employers. The U.S. Department of Labor implements and administers the program in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Education.
“This was an extremely competitive nationwide process and we are very, very proud,” Young said. “This is a real coup for the college. That is probably the best news I could give you.”
An accompanying press release noted that much of the grant money will be spent on the heating, ventilation and air conditioning and electrician apprenticeship programs and to enhance the certificate and degree programs in machine tool technology and welding technology. In addition, $600,000 of the grant will be spent on training simulators and equipment for the apprenticeship and technical programs.
In other business, the board unanimously approved a bond resolution for funding of the Thorne-Rider Campus Center. Bonds will be issued to pay for the center and will be repaid primarily through pledged donations.