SHERIDAN — Dr. Paul Young, President of Northern Wyoming Community College District, has been appointed president-elect of the American Technical Education Association (ATEA)
Young will serve from July 1, 2013 -2015 as president-plect and then assume the presidency in 2015 to 2017.
ATEA is the premier association for the postsecondary technical educator with emphasis on professional development. The organization is dedicated to excellence in the quality of postsecondary technical education with emphasis on practical teaching ideas and best practices.
ATEA is an advocate for postsecondary technical education and is a driving force behind workforce development. Board members are from 16 states and include: college presidents, system level administrators, deans, faculty, and association leadership and business leaders.
“It is an honor for me to serve the ATEA in this capacity,” Young said. “It is critical that we continue to find creative ways to offer technical degrees in order to increase the number of trained workers in our nation. We know what the skills-gap looks like and we must remain committed to helping all students succeed.”
Under Young’s leadership, the NWCCD has made several substantial commitments to technical education in Northern Wyoming. The District has received over $5 million in Department of Labor grants, opened a $36.8 million Technical Education Center on its Gillette Campus, added programs in Mining Technology and Industrial Electricity, and most recently announced the creation of the Jobs, Education, and Technology program in partnership with Whitney Benefits, which will double the size of three technical program areas on the Sheridan College campus.