SHERIDAN — The Sheridan College Board of Trustees voted last night at their regularly scheduled meeting to hold a special meeting Monday at 7 p.m. to discuss and consider a resolution calling for a bond measure Aug. 20 to garner funds for the renovation and expansion of the technology center on campus. The meeting is open to the public and will be held in the Whitney Presentation Hall (formerly CTEL presentation hall).
The trustees also gave approval for the addition of an Outdoor Leadership program to the school’s curriculum.
“This is a new program of study that we are proposing,” Vice President of Academic Affairs Jon Connolly said. “It has gone through our curriculum and standards and dean’s process and is in good measure the result of the acquisition of Spear-O-Wigwam.”
Connolly said the program would be based in science courses such as general biology, ecology, statistics, physical geology, introduction to environmental and natural resources and introduction to geographic information systems. He said the aim of the new course of study would be to help prepare students to teach or lead outdoor learning experiences.
“What we are hoping to do is when students leave this program with an understanding and appreciation of the outdoors, that they wish to share it,” he said.
Connolly said SC President Dr. Paul Young and many faculty members were supportive of the development of the new program.
“I think the idea has been percolating a long time, but we needed something to kick it off,” Connolly said. “For us it was the acquisition of Spear-O. Otherwise it didn’t have a real home.”
With the trustees’ approval, the program now moves to the Wyoming Academic Affairs Council and the Wyoming Community College Program Review Committee for review and possible approval. If approved, Connolly said the program could likely be offered as a program of study beginning in fall 2013.
In other board business, Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer Cheryl Heath reported that construction on the Edward A. Whitney Academic Center is on schedule.
“The walls are being painted and carpet is going down, so it is pretty exciting,” Heath said. “We’ll start concrete work on the entrance and guest parking lot out front once the ground dries out and some landscaping out front this summer as well. And in a month and a half we’ll start putting furniture in.”