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Laramie County Community College wants to contribute to the manufacturing workforce in Wyoming with 6th Penny Project

Published: Jul. 2, 2021 at 5:49 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Laramie County Community College (LCCC) is proposing a project for the 6th Penny ballot that could lead the way for the manufacturing industry county-wide.

“We recognize that is probably one of the greatest needs from an economic development perspective right now in Southeast Wyoming, and it is also probably one of the greatest areas that are missing from our programs in offering, we are working on an advance manufacturing and materials center initiative that will help really catalyze a lot of the efforts that we need to build Wyoming’s manufacturing workforce in the future,” said Dr. Joe Schaffer, President of LCCC.

LCCC wants this project to jump-start a more viable manufacturing industry to address the struggling extractive industry in the state.

President Schaffer said the expansion of manufacturing opportunities could broaden the career paths available to students. The college was approached by the County Commission to offer a solution to the college’s lack of funding.

“People were aware of what we were working on and aware of the challenges we were facing with limited state funding and financing, and I think the exceptional leadership of the majority of the County Commission recognizing this as an opportunity coming forward to help us with a potential solution is really to be applauded,” said Schaffer.

Dr. Schaffer said the project could be an investment toward increasing local entrepreneurship.

“Essentially, helping us build a manufacturing workforce, will be good for the employers that are here, will help us attract new employers, hopefully help us launch new businesses through entrepreneurial efforts, and then also provide new pathway to great jobs for the people that want to work, live and play here in Southeast Wyoming.”

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