Posts from December, 2015

EWC launches new online scholarship application

Eastern Wyoming College has launched a new scholarship application process for the 2016-2017 academic year.  Students will now apply online through ONE application for the majority of institutional and Foundation scholarships EWC offers.

The new application can be accessed at   Students register for an account with their email address and create a password.  Once they provide some general demographic information, students will then be asked to complete academic and qualification questions.  They will then be matched with scholarships for which they may have eligibility.  The Financial Aid Office will notify students when they are awarded scholarships through the AwardSpring management system as well.

“We are excited about this new system and the ease in which students can now apply for EWC’s scholarships,” shared Susan Stephenson, Director of Financial Aid.  “We want to offer the most aid possible to eligible students, and we hope this one-stop application process will encourage more students to apply and receive college funding.”

Other EWC and outside scholarships that require a separate application or process to apply can be found at

Students with any questions about the new application process or financial aid in general should contact EWC’s Financial Aid Office at 307.532.8224.


EWC Adult Education shares student success story

Hongxia Boulden

Former EWC Student Hongxia Boulden

The Eastern Wyoming College Adult Education (AE) office would like to share former student Hongxia Boulden’s success story.  She first enrolled in the AE Program at EWC in September 2011 and exited the program in June 2013 as an Advanced English as a Second Language (ESL) student. While taking ESL classes, Hongxia enrolled at Eastern Wyoming College as a full-time student.

When she decided to pursue postsecondary education, she was a little bit worried that her English language abilities would prevent her from being placed into mainstream college level classes. So she spent many hours with her ESL instructor, Gabriela Banville, also preparing for the COMPASS placement test as well as improving her English language communication abilities. She took her COMPASS test and earned a near perfect score in writing. She finished her first year at EWC with a very high GPA.

After moving to Cheyenne in June 2013, she continued her college studies at Laramie County Community College.

In 2013, while being an ESL student in the Adult Education Program at Eastern Wyoming College, she was inducted into the National Adult Education Honor Society, and received the Mountain Plains Adult Education Association Outstanding Student Award.

Hongxia is a very hard-working person, and she has gone where very few ESL students have dared to go; after successfully completing the very rigorous process which involves the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) exam as well as meeting the Guard’s physical and medical requirements, she joined the National Guard in March 2013 first activating in the Army and later, in 2014, moving to the Air Force military branch. It is to be mentioned that she spent a lot of hours with her ESL instructor at EWC preparing for the language part of the ASVAB exam and never gave up regardless of how frustrated she sometimes was during the studying process.

Hongxia, now an American citizen, is currently pursuing her International Studies degree at the University of Wyoming while working in the Air Force. Her journey has been challenging but her extraordinary abilities, hard work, ambition, and motivation has created a strong, perseverant and very successful student and person.

During her college years so far Hongxia applied and received different scholarships such as Charlie Moore, Fontaine Yeoman Memorial and Laramie County DUI Victim Impact Panel Scholarship. She also just applied for three internships at CIA, Chinese Embassy, and CSIS (Center for Strategic and International Studies) in Washington, D.C.

On December 11, 2015, Hongxia was selected for an internship at the U.S. Embassy in Chengdu, China for the summer of 2016 as a part of the 2016 Department of State Internship Program.

“All the staff members of the Adult Education Center at EWC are very proud of our former student and happy to share Hongxia’ s success story with everybody at the local, state, and national level,” shared Diane McQueen, Adult Education Director. “Congratulations to her and we wish her good luck with everything she has planned for her future!”

EWC SkillsUSA members donate toys to area children

The members and advisors of SkillsUSA at Eastern Wyoming College collected donations to purchase gifts to give to the children at Torrington Learning Center.

The EWC SkillsUSA chapter has been doing this community service for 4 years. “I have great pride in our chapter for taking on this roll to be a part of the community,” said advisor and Welding Instructor Stan Nicolls “I think the members like to see how much they can raise between themselves to be able to buy needed toys, blankets, school supplies and stuffed animals” Nicolls continued. Other advisors for SkillsUSA are Andy Espinoza, Patricia Pulliam, and John Hansen.

The students raised over $200 to purchase the items and presented them to Tonya Nepper at the center on the EWC campus.

EWC SkillsUSA members donate toys to area children

Photo Caption: Skills USA student members and staff before their presentation to Torrington Learning Center. Left to right standing: Stan Nicolls, Dr. Michelle Landa, VP for Academic Services, Michele Ogburn, Director for Counseling and Disability Services, Adam Wadhams, Kyle Sabourin, Nate Foster, John Hansen, SkillsUSA advisor, Director for Development, Patricia Pulliam, advisor, Instructor, Dr. Rick Patterson, President. Left to right kneeling: Kyle Nicolls, Alyssa Barnsdale and Paul Michael Cole. Not pictured Andy Espinoza.

EWC employees purchased gifts and food for local children and families for the holiday season

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

Eastern Wyoming College employees purchased gifts for local children and families for the holiday season

Eastern Wyoming College employees purchased gifts for local children and families for the holiday season

EWC registering students for spring semester

Eastern Wyoming College in Torrington and in Douglas continues to register students for the spring semester which will begin January 12, 2016, night classes will begin on Monday, January 11.  A complete course schedule is available online at

Current students should meet with their assigned advisor at your earliest convenience to assure registration into the course needed to complete their degree.  Many classes will fill quickly so it is important to register early.

New students should contact the appropriate campus as soon as possible to begin the registration process and the process of applying for financial aid.

In Torrington, contact the Student Services office at 307.532.8230 or stop by 3200 West C Street.

In Douglas, contact the campus at 307.624.7000 or stop by 800 South Wind River Drive.

EWC students perform well on national exam

Eastern Wyoming College Veterinary Technology graduates once again exhibited exemplary performance on the National Veterinary Technology National Exam (NVTE).  Five EWC graduates took the NVTE and four passed.  The average scale score for EWC graduates was more than both the U.S. and Canadian graduates.  EWC graduates earned higher scores than average US candidates in all nine of the test domains.  The average pass rate for all graduates (US and Canada) taking the VTNE for the first time is 68.52%.  The three year average pass rate for EWC graduates taking the VTNE for the first time is 90.5%.

For more information regarding the Veterinary Technology program at Eastern Wyoming College please visit the website at or contact the program director, Dr. Susan Walker at 307.532.8200 or by email at


EWC highlights upcoming Community Education class

The Community Education office at Eastern Wyoming College in Torrington is offering a light bulb upcycling holiday ornament class. This class will be held on December 5 from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm and the cost is $35.

Bev Patterson has a tradition of upcycling light bulbs into charming holiday ornaments, and she wants to share this craft tradition with you and yours. Bev will provide all the materials, including the light bulbs, for you to make a set of three ornaments of your choice, she recommends a Santa, a Reindeer, and a Snowman, but you may have other ideas.

This would be a great class for all ages—however, we do ask that children under the age of 11 be accompanied by an adult. Grandparents, this could be a special gift to your grandchildren, time with you and the memory of making these special ornaments.

To register for this class or others, contact the EWC Community Education office at 307.532.8213 or 307.532.8323 or stop by to visit them at 3200 West C Street in Torrington.


EWC GEAR UP Club starts mentoring program


EWC GEAR UP Club members involved in peer mentoring program. (Seated Left to Right) Anne Linneman, Erika Olson, Judy Brown, Trae Bitterman, KaylaRae Lawrence, Michelle Stuck, Jamey Hicks, Sterling Swank, Candice Rendon. (Standing Left to Right): James Sturgeon, David Baker and Caleb Wilhoit.

The Eastern Wyoming College GEAR UP Club has implemented a mentoring program where EWC GEAR UP sophomore students on campus will mentor incoming freshmen students.  They are guided to be Someone Who Matters to Someone Who Matters.

“Students who receive mentoring from their peers on a regular basis have a much greater chance of successfully completing their postsecondary educational experience,” shared EWC GEAR UP Director Judy Brown.

EWC GEAR UP students meet on a regular basis in either groups or individually.  They sponsor events on campus, are involved in community service projects and regularly offer tutoring sessions.  With the aid of EWC GEAR UP Freshmen Programmer, Candice Rendon, the mentors have developed a mentoring manual for future students and they are actively planning next semester’s events.

EWC GEAR UP students have created a video of their mentoring program and will share it on the Torrington Campus beginning December 2nd.  For more information about this mentoring program please contact Ms. Brown at 307.532.8269.