LCCC breaks ground on its new RAC center

LCCC breaks ground on RAC center
LCCC breaks ground on RAC center(Valeria Fugate)
Published: Nov. 6, 2022 at 8:03 PM CST
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Laramie County Community College students help break ground for the new Recreation and Athletics Complex (RAC) renovation and expansion center Tuesday.

Trustees, along with those students and officials, helped ring or rather hammer the new project in.

Laramie county community college’s recreation and athletics complex (RAC) renovation and expansion is the latest and largest construction project in the college’s history, according to school officials.

The project includes major upgrades like expanded physical fitness space and competition courts that could host regional tournaments.

“It’s going to separate themselves from other community colleges in the state. I think this was the one big piece they were missing. But I think as you were saying, recruiting everything, i think it’s going to be a great opportunity for kids to get better on or off the court,” Xavier McCord, Student-Athlete.

The renovation also adds some “quality-of-life” improvements, say, officials, helping attract students and retain an educated workforce locally.

“Wyoming’s future is really going to be predicated on our ability to recruit, develop and keep the very best talent and that talent really wants certain things they want an environment thats engaging they want quality to life,” said Joe Schaffer, President of LCCC.

Investment from the legislature, trustees and even students helped bring this 10-year -project to life and will be an investment for years to come, says Schaffer.

The state legislature funds over 400 million dollars for community colleges bienniums around the state. About two years ago, a 10-million appropriation by the legislature kicked off this project, matched by donations and private funds.

" Its our future it the future of the state of Wyoming, its how we take care of and serve our high school graduates to help them further their ability to get a job to get higher education get higher paying jobs and keep them in Wyoming so they stay here and grow up and raise their families here,” said Rep. Bob Nichols, House District 8.

The initial estimated cost for the project in 2017 was 14- million dollars.

The cost is now over $25 million due to inflation, supply chain challenges and labor shortages.