Posts from January, 2013

EWC’s Tipsword ranks Top 3 in welding competition

 EWC Welding Instructor Stan Nicolls and Tanner Tipsword stand next to three of the projects Tanner had to complete to advance in the SkillsUSA welding competition.

One of three top welders to advance from the American Welding Society/SkillsUSA U.S. Invitational Weld Trials was Tanner Tipsword from Eastern Wyoming College.  Tipsword is from Cheyenne, Wyoming.
The top three welders now get to compete against one another at the Daytona 500 Speedweek for a spot on the SkillsUSA World Team.  The World Skills Competition will take place in Leipzig, Germany in July 2013.  At the world event, students will compete against more than 1,000 students representing 52 countries/regions from around the world.
But first, Tipsword will compete at the Daytona International Speedway.  The competition will last four days and will test multiple welding processes.  The welding requirements are so precise that a number of the welds will require x-ray reviews and hydrostatic pressure tests up to 1,000 pounds per square inch in order to verify the integrity and quality of the welds.  This competition will be held in February.  One of the many prizes includes a $40,000 scholarship from the American Welding Society Foundation.
“I really have to commend Tanner for the amount of time and effort he has put into the preparation for each of these competitions,” shared EWC welding instructor and SkillsUSA advisor Stan Nicolls.  “It truly has been a marathon for him over the past 3-4 months.  It has been a great experience to work with him.”
For more information about the EWC welding program, contact the college at 307.532.8275.  For more information about the SkillsUSA world competition visit

EWC to host “Everest, The Myths, The Madness and The Macabre”

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first American ascent of Everest, National Geographic writer Mark Jenkins, along with a team from The North Face, spent two months in the spring of 2012 climbing Everest. Jenkins and his mountaineering partners summited Everest, despite accidents, illness, bitter cold and ferocious winds. Tragically, ten people died on Everest during that same season.
Mark Jenkins, an international alpinist and critically acclaimed author, is the writer-in-residence at the University of Wyoming and a field staff writer for National Geographic Magazine.  Jenkins covers the globe writing about adventure and geopolitical issues, from landmines in Cambodia to mountain gorillas in the Congo, mountaineering in Pakistan to canyoneering in Australia. Jenkins is the author of four award-winning books and has appeared on Anderson Cooper 360, Good Morning America, CNN, PBS and countless radio programs.
Sponsored by the University of Wyoming Academic Affairs as part of the Global and Area Studies World to Wyoming Lecture Series, the visual presentation Climbing Everest: The Myths, the Macabre and the Madness is open and free to the public and will be shown by Jenkins in the Fine Arts Auditorium at EWC on January 28th at 7 pm.

For more information or questions, please contact Court Merrigan Learning Skills Lab Coordinator, at 307.532.8378 or e-mail at

EWC to host beef cattle producer meeting, Jan. 22nd

MERCK Animal Health and Eastern Wyoming College are sponsoring a Beef Cattle Producer Meeting on Tuesday, January 22, 2013. Dinner will be provided in the EWC cafeteria at 5:30 and there will be 2-45 minute programs that will begin at 6:30 pm in the Fine Arts Auditorium.

Featured Speakers will be Dr. Don Bliss, PhD Parasitology and CEO of Mid American Ag Research. He will discuss cattle parasites, evaluation and treatment strategies. Dr. Kevin Hill, DVM and MERCK Animal Health technical service veterinarian with twenty seven years experience as a cattle producer. Dr Hill will discuss new antibiotics and antibiotic use in beef cattle production.

This meeting is free and open to all interested cattle producers. Reservations are requested by January 18 by calling 307.532.8333.

EWC increases evening course offerings for Spring 2013 semester

Eastern Wyoming College will be offering a significantly higher number of evening courses in Torrington for the Spring 2013 semester.
“We have listened to our students and are making courses available in the evening that we have not offered for a while,” shared EWC Vice President for Learning Dr. Dee Ludwig.  “There are a large number of courses that will help those students who are trying to complete a degree or who are looking to upgrade their job skills.”
Ludwig encourages those who may be interesting in evening course offerings to register soon as some courses are beginning to fill.
Some of the evening courses available in Torrington include:
                Agric Commodities in Marketing
                Equipment Maintenance & Repair
                Principles of Biology – course and lab
                Public Speaking
                English II
                Study Skills
                Problem Solving
                College Band
                Master Chorus
                American and Wyoming Government
                Introduction to Social Work
A complete schedule of all courses offered in the Spring 2013 semester can be found on the College’s website at  To register for courses, please contact the College at 307.532.8200 or stop by the Student Services office located at 3200 West C Street.

ETSS Grant Funds available for qualified individuals

Eastern Wyoming College has once again received the Employment and Training for Self-Sufficiency grant, referred to as the ETSS grant.  Funds from this grant can be used to cover tuition costs, fees and supplies.
Eligibility requirements are:
·         Parent of children under the age of 18
·         Meet income guidelines
·         Be a Wyoming resident
·         Enrolling in the following programs:  CNA, CNA II, Medication Aid – Certified, Plate Welding Certificate, or CDL Training.
The ETSS grant program also provides assistance with resume building, interview skills and success on the job.  Job placement assistance is also provided.
Interested applicants should contact JoEllen Keigley, ETSS Grant Coordinator at 307.532.8365 or by email at