CWC announces 2021 semester plan-to be fully open by Fall 2021

Published: Apr. 2, 2021 at 1:15 AM CDT
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RIVERTON, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) -

Central Wyoming College in Riverton has announced they will be welcoming students, staff, and faculty back to campus for the summer and fall 2021 semesters. The president of the college shared the trials and triumphs of closing up last year, and the plan to reopen now.

CWC President Brad Tyndall, Ph.D. stated, “Essentially we have a little city, so we have to worry about all of the orders. We have a cosmetology program so we have a cosmetology shop where people can come in, and we have a restaurant that’s open to the public. We have a library and it’s a public library, and all of these have different rules.”

The college has also learned that in the educational sector, the rules are slightly different, so a lot of adapting has taken place. “We have leaned into this and one of those things that we have aggressively addressed is new programming and very exciting news on that front,” added Tyndall.

The college is newly offering a four year degree in outdoor education and leadership, as well as a criminal justice program with new certificates in that area. “The other thing that we have to get more approvals on yet but we anticipate positive outcome is early childhood,” said Tyndall. The college is hoping to offer a Pre-K through 3rd grade degree for teaching elementary education, and for teaching and managing early childhood facilities.

Fall classes will be offered with a hybrid of in person and virtual learning. President Tyndall noted that amidst the struggles, the students and faculty learned much more about new technology sources, and how they can further benefit students who are not always able to attend in person classes on a consistent basis. “Our processes are better in that our enrollments would have dropped even more if people hadn’t been so creative and nimble,” explained Tyndall.

The CWC campus announced they will be fully open by the fall 2021 semester, managing health orders that are announced as they come. “Slowly opening up and we expect a pretty darn normal fall. In person learning is very, very important, we are all communal creatures,” added Tyndall.

Strong protocols with cleanliness and health checks will be followed, but the president said there’s also something to be said for the health of communion with others.

“They’re pent up they want to get out, I would say in their cabins, so to speak they are facing some hardships with depression for some, definitely malaise for others and it’s serious. So people are itching to get out, they’re itching for things to be as normal as possible,” stated Tyndall.

He said the numbers are down, but overall he thinks the growth in delivery methods gained through the closures and new programs being offered are a benefit to the college experience overall. CWC’s graduation will also be in-person this year, with two different ceremonies on April 30th.

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