Posts from December, 2014

EWC Employees Donate Food and Gifts

EWC Employees Donate Food and Gifts

Eastern Wyoming College employees purchased gifts for local children and families for the holiday season. The College had a mitten tree and employees purchased toys, games, clothing and food for families in need. “The employees were so generous,” shared EWC Interim President Dr. Rick Patterson. EWC delivered the gifts to the Department of Family Services.


Tickets for Sagebrush & Roses now available

Tickets are now available for one of the region’s most popular events, Sagebrush & Roses.  This elegant evening features a western art show, dinner and dancing and is hosted by the Eastern Wyoming College Foundation.  This year’s event will be held on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at the Goshen County Rendezvous Center in Torrington, Wyoming.  Doors will open at 6 pm.

Tickets are $65 each and may be purchased at the Goshen County Chamber of Commerce, First State Bank, Pinnacle Bank, Platte Valley Bank, and Points West Community Bank.  Tickets are also available at the EWC Office of Institutional Development.

The evening will begin with a western art show featuring local artists.  An elegant dinner will be served and will be followed by dancing to Tom Martinez.  Mr. Martinez played at the first Sagebrush & Roses which was held in 2007.

Funds raised at Sagebrush & Roses benefit the agriculture and livestock judging programs at the College.

For more information about this popular event or to purchase tickets please contact the College at 307.532.8397.


EWC taking registrations for upcoming CDL course to be held in Douglas

Eastern Wyoming College will be offering a CDL course in Douglas, February 2nd – 20th. Class will be held Monday through Friday, 7 am to 5 pm.   The registration deadline for this course is January 12th.

This class is designed for those individuals interested in getting a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) or those who need a CDL for their job.  Employers needing CDL drivers or who are looking to train current staff should also inquire. Upon successful completion of this course, you will have your Class A CDL & D.O.T. physical so you will be ready for employment.

Workforce training grants are available for students and employers.  Interested individuals do need to complete the preregistration process.  Contact Melissa Dishman at 307.532.8365 or by email at

Keigley earns Career Development Facilitator credential

JoEllen Keigley, Testing and Career Center Coordinator at Eastern Wyoming College has earned the National Career Development Association (NCDA) Career Development Facilitator (CDF) credential.

The CDF certificate is offered through the NCDA and is a nationally recognized credential for professionals who work in any career development setting or who incorporates career development information or skills in their work with students, adults, clients, employees, or the public.  The CDF course consisted of 120 hours which covered a variety of topics including career development skills and services, career resources and labor market information, development and maintenance of an effective career resource center, use of career assessments, career planning processes and many other relevant topics.

“I currently assist students with resume building, interview skills, and professionalism, but obtaining the CDF broadens my scope of practice to include career coaching services such as career exploration and pathway planning.  Through this training I gained a great deal of information and have a new set of resources that will help me be more effective when working with students.  One of the most exciting new resources is the Wyoming Community College Consortium through the College Central Network, which is an online job board and employment preparation service.  I’m so excited to add this to our career services ‘toolbox’!  It should be up and running right after the first of the year,” shared Keigley.  “Our students and alumni will have access to local, regional and national job boards, as well as tools to help with preparing employment application documents.   In addition to the College Central Network, we will continue to offer individual sessions with students, and work with instructors to provide in-class employment preparation related workshops.”

Thirty hours of study were individually selected and included research on best practices for completing employment application documents, creating a career services page on the EWC website, and visiting the Career Services office at Laramie County Community College.

“JoEllen has completed and received a credential which will help the College develop more robust career services for all of our students.  She is looking forward to putting these new skills to work as she develops more opportunities for students to receive help with their job searches and preparatory materials,” added EWC Vice President for Learning Dr. Dee Ludwig.  “I applaud and recognize her efforts in attaining this nationally recognized credential.”

Keigley has worked at EWC since November of 2010 where she was the Employment and Training for Self-Sufficiency Grant Coordinator/Workforce Coordinator until August of 2013 when she then became the Testing and Career Services Coordinator.

EWC Board of Trustees announce resignation of Dr. Armstrong

In the regular monthly meeting, the Eastern Wyoming College Board of Trustees announced the resignation of Dr. Armstrong, College President effective December 31, 2014.

Armstrong was hired as the EWC President in July, 2008.

“We recognize the many contributions that took place during his tenure,” shared EWC Trustee President Angie Chavez.

In September Dr. Richard Patterson was appointed Interim President.

Clark attends Team Wyoming banquet in Las Vegas

Eastern Wyoming College rodeo coach Jake Clark and EWC alumnus and Wrangler National Finals Rodeo contestant Seth Brockman recently attended the Team Wyoming banquet during the WNFR in Las Vegas, NV.  The gathering included Wyoming Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) rodeo committee members, stock contractors, contestants, Wyoming college rodeo coaches; as well as Wyoming Governor Matt Mead and United States Senator John Barrasso.

“Wyoming is the first state to support professional and collegiate rodeo.  The office of Wyoming Tourism goes above and beyond in how they support and promote these professional rodeo athletes and the Wyoming college rodeo programs,” shared Coach Clark.

“On behalf of Eastern Wyoming Athletics and the EWC Rodeo Team, we want to wish alumnus Seth Brockman the best of luck at the WNFR.  It is great to have alumni out there competing on the world stage.  Charge on Seth, we wish you the best of luck from all your fans back at Eastern Wyoming College,” added David Vondy, EWC Director of Athletics and Fitness Center.

EWC rodeo students receive NIRA Scholar American Honors

Eastern Wyoming College has announced that four rodeo student-athletes have received recognition as 2014 Scholar Americans.  The National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) recognizes student athletes who have earned points at a 2013-2014 NIRA sanctioned rodeo, been in college for more than one term, earned at 3.5 cumulative grade point average, and have been nominated by their rodeo coach.

Cody Colman, O’Neill, NE; Josh Davison, Miles City, MT; Jacob Etzkorn, Fort Pierre, SD; and Sadie Gjermundson, Halliday, ND, each received this honor.

“I’m proud of what these students have accomplished in the classroom.  The hard work and time they have put in to their rodeo skills and their education is valued by their teammates and coach,” shared EWC Rodeo Coach Jake Clark.

For more information about the EWC rodeo program please contact Clark at 307.532.8337 or by email at

EWC Workforce Development to offer CPR Basic Life Support and First Aid class

The Workforce Development office at Eastern Wyoming College in Torrington is offering a CPR & First Aid class on Tuesday December 16 from 5:30-9:30 pm. This class will be held in the Community Training Center on the main campus in Torrington and will cost $45.

A CPR Basic Life Support for Medical Personnel will be held Thursday December 18 from 5:30 – 8:00 pm. This class will be held in the Community Training Center and the cost will be $45.

To register for these classes, contact Donna White at EWC Workforce Development/Community Education office at 307.532.8323.