SHERIDAN — The Northern Wyoming Community College District Board of Trustees released fall 2019 enrollment data during a meeting Sept. 11.
Sheridan College has a total enrollment of 1,409, a decrease of 27 students from fall 2018. Credential-seeking students, defined as those on track for two-year associate degrees, totaled 1,128, a decrease of nine students from fall 2018.
Gillette College has a total enrollment of 1,276 and 931 credential-seeking students.
In total, 2,685 students are signed up for at least one for-credit class this fall in NWCCD, a 7.7% increase from last year.
The increase in enrollment comes primarily from Gillette College. The increase is credited to additional full-time students and a higher retention rate of students from the spring to fall semesters, according to a press release.
“I am extremely proud to see growth in our district,” NWCCD President Walter Tribley said in the press release. “This represents the commitment and hard work of our faculty, staff and students.”
Housing occupancy is up 4% for Sheridan College and 10% for Gillette College.
Dual and concurrent enrollment of high school students increased 4.7% from last year. Following a closed-door executive session, the board approved a motion directing Tribley to make a counter offer for the sale of Spear-O-Wigwam and to complete the sale should the offer be accepted. The board did not release information on potential buyers or the prices of offers. The board unanimously approved the appointments of two new members to the college’s Center for a Vital Community board, Jenny Tribley and Christina Schmidt.
The board also approved the language of a new board policy on information security in a first reading. The policy states that all employees must be trained regularly on information security.