Wyoming Community College Commission Statewide Strategic Plan: Planning for the Future of Wyoming's Community Colleges
With the national spotlight on community colleges, Wyoming is poised to become a leader through its efforts to align the programs of its seven community colleges with defined state interests. As local economies become more globally focused and knowledge-based, community colleges are a critical way for learners to gain access to postsecondary education.
Recognizing the importance of these institutions, President Obama has appointed a community college chancellor as undersecretary of education and has moved community colleges to the forefront of his administration’s higher education policy.
Wyoming community colleges are comprehensive. They offer students a high-quality education, and both students and the state benefit. The community colleges serve multiple missions and constituents, from high school students seeking collegelevel courses to adults needing basic literacy skills. As noted in the Wyoming Community College Commission’s (WCCC) Annual Report—2008 “There really is no ‘typical’ community college student” (WCCC n.d.-c, p. 3). Community colleges can mean the difference between a prospective student getting an affordable college education and one ending in debt that takes years to pay off or between a graduate entering a dead-end job and skilled employment capable of supporting a family. Community colleges are an essential feature of a state’s workforce development system.