Posts from September, 2016

EWC Douglas Campus highlights upcoming Community Blood Drive

Eastern Wyoming College in Douglas announces a blood drive to be held on Monday October 24, from 1 – 4:00 pm in Room 122 (Workforce Classroom).

Save time and complete your Fast Track health history the day you donate at

To schedule an appointment contact Jamie Sullivan @ 307.624.7011 or log onto and the sponsor code is (EWCD).

Eastern Wyoming College - Douglas Campus Blood Drive

EWC team ropers dominate at Sheridan College rodeo

The Eastern Wyoming College Lancer Rodeo team competed at the annual Sheridan College hosted rodeo this past weekend where several members of the team performed very well.

EWC team roping teams were qualified in five of the top ten spots of the short round.  Torrington sophomore Logan Milligan and his partner Coley Nicholls, sophomore, Kinnear, WY, won the first round with a time of 6.8 seconds.  They were second in the average for the weekend.  Freshman Braden Pirrung, Hartford, SD and partern JD Kirwin, Gillette College along with teammates Tanielle Arneson, freshman, Enning, SD and partner Isaac Tilstra, sophomore, Hills, MN, tied for 2nd/3rd in the first round with a time of 6.9 seconds.  Pirrung and Kirwin finished 3rd in the average and Arneson and Tilstra were 5th in the average.

Other EWC team ropers qualifying for the short round were sophomores Riley Curuchet, Kaycee, WY and partner Denton Shaw, Lusk, WY along with Bryer Wadhams, freshman, and partner Trevor Schnaufer, sophomore.  Wadhams and Schnaufer are from Pueblo, CO.

Sophomore Danny Manning, Hemingford, NE, won the short round of the steer wrestling with a time of 5.6 seconds which landed him second in the average for the weekend.

In the saddle bronc riding, freshman Wyatt Schuelke, Faith, SD, split 1st and 2nd in the first round and he finished the weekend 5th in the average.

Freshman, Kyle Chapman, Rock Springs, WY, qualified for the short round in the bareback riding.

“We continue to gather most of our points in the team roping,” shared Coach Jake Clark.  “We have a lot of depth and the team is competing well.  We also did well in the saddle bronc riding and steer wrestling.  I feel like our team is starting to establish itself.”

The Lancer Rodeo team will travel to Lamar, CO September 30 – October 2nd.

EWC Adult Education finds creative ways to meet student needs

Implementing Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) requirements for English Language Acquisition (ELA) classes has been a challenge, particularly because it is very difficult to find highly qualified English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers in Wyoming.  When Torrington based instructor, Gabriela (Gabi) Banville, resigned in May 2016 the search for a new instructor proved to be difficult and as the fall term approached, it became clear that there was a desperate need for an instructor.

Students in the online classroom utilizing WIZIQ for the coursework.

Students in the online classroom utilizing WIZIQ for the coursework.

By early August EWC Adult Education Director Diane McQueen realized that a new approach to learning needed to be considered for these classes. With the help of Eastern Wyoming College’s Instructional Technologist, Aaron Bahmer, the possibility of teaching ELA classes online utilizing the College’s WIZIQ platform was explored. The system was initially piloted with Gabi, who now resides in Massachusetts, to see if ELA classes could be taught using this medium of instruction. A second pilot was conducted with actual students to measure comfort levels with this type of instruction. Both pilots were successfully completed.

At the same time that these pilots were taking place, Ms. McQueen began to address a WIOA mandate: developing a program of study, which specifically integrates ELA, mathematics, workforce skills, and civics specifically for a local employer. In this case, the owners of the local Chinese restaurant wanted employees to learn appropriate English for the restaurant industry.

This new program of study was launched in early September.

“After the students learned basic computer skills and set up an email address to receive weekly links to the online classroom, they jumped in feet first and loved being able to learn ELA in this innovative method,” shared Ms. McQueen.

Today, these students are active learners in an online interactive classroom using webcams, computer headsets with microphones, and the mouse as a pencil! Completed homework is submitted through a Smart Phone or email and can be immediately uploaded into the online classroom.  A typical classroom incorporates not only language instruction, but also mathematics as it relates to the restaurant industry. Videos, listening passages, reading, writing  and civics are all  incorporated into individual lessons.

In January, students will continue to utilize this platform with one major change—the course will focus on developing workforce readiness skills for non-native speakers of English.

“We hope to expand the offering of this type of course throughout the EWC service area and possibly to other areas in the State of Wyoming,” shared McQueen.

For more information about Adult Education at Eastern Wyoming College please contact Ms. McQueen at 307.532.8399.

PSA Meet the Lancers

Eastern Wyoming College announces meet the Lancers after tonight’s game Tuesday September 27. The Lady Lancers will host Laramie County Community College at 7:00 pm in the Petsch Center Gymnasium. Please come and support your Lancers and get an autographed poster.

EWC wins home golf tournament

Harry WalchEastern Wyoming College is pleased to announce that the Lancer Golf team won the home tournament hosted last week.  The Lancers finished the tournament with a two-day team total of 593.  Otero Junior College was second with 610.

“Our entire team had a good tournament that led to a team victory, freshmen Harry Walch winning the tournament and all 8 of our players earning points towards all region standings,” said Coach Zach Smith. “It’s always important to have a good performance at our home tournament and the guys definitely accomplished that this week. Arvy had a particularly strong round on Friday where he had 17 pars and 1 eagle. I was excited for him because you don’t see a round like that very often. We hope to finish the season strong in McCook and Riverton when we have 2 tournaments in the span of 5 days.”

Leading the Lancers was freshman Harry Walch, from Staines, England.  Walch shot a 75 and 72 for a two-day total of 147 and won the tournament.

Other Lancer scores were as follows:

Eric Lovell, sophomore, Greeley, CO – 74, 74 – 148, tied 2nd
Arvy Shongwe, freshman, Ezulwini, Swaziland – 79, 70 – 149, tied 3rd
Calum Giffen, freshman, Kelty, Scotland – 77, 73 – 150, tied 4th
Jared Pilkington, freshman, Scottsbluff, NE – 73, 79 – 152, tied 5th
Adrian Torres – Ruiz, sophomore, Madrid, Spain – 76, 77 – 153, tied 6th
Denton Shaw, sophomore, Lusk, WY – 74, 79 – 153, tied 6th
Brody Staten, freshman, Casper, WY – 84, 73 – 157, tied 8th

Harry WalchThe Lancers will travel to McCook, NE to play September 29-30 and to Riverton, WY to play October 2-3 which will conclude the fall season.

EWC taking registrations for upcoming CNA course to be held in Glenrock, WY

Eastern Wyoming College will be offering a Certified Nurse Assistant course at the Glenrock Recreation Center in Glenrock, WY. Class will be held Tuesday and Thursday October 4 through November 29, 5 to 9:00 pm.

Scholarships may be available for students who qualify. A background check is required.

Interested individuals should contact Julie Johnson at 307.436.9201 or the Douglas Campus at 307.624.7000.

EWC highlights upcoming Basic Self-Defense for Women class

The Community Education Department at Eastern Wyoming College in Torrington has announced a Basic Self-Defense class for Women.

This class will be on held Thursday September 29 or October 27. The class will be held from 6:30-8:30 pm and the cost will be $20 a session.

This class is designed to increase your personal level of awareness, thus reducing the chance you will find yourself in a compromising situation, whether it be at home, in a parking lot, or out jogging. Basic self-defense techniques will be demonstrated with an opportunity for practice. Even if you’ve taken this class before, it is always to your benefit to refresh or practice your self-defense skills.

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 Community Education announces Cribbage class

The Community Education Department at Eastern Wyoming College in Torrington announces an upcoming cribbage class.  This class will be held on Mondays beginning September 26 and go through October 10 from 6 – 8:00 pm and will cost $25

Cribbage, a card game that is believed to have been “invented’ in the early 1600’s in England and remains popular today is a great card game for all ages. Playing Cribbage helps children develop skills in math, critical thinking, and cooperative learning. Adults, playing Cribbage keeps the mind alert and is an opportunity for socializing with others. After taking this class, you will be able to join the monthly EWC Cribbage league.

To register for this class or any other class please call 307.532.8323 or 307.532.8213.

EWC wins first and second in team roping at CSC rodeo

Braden Pirrung and partner winning the team roping at the CSC rodeo.

Braden Pirrung and partner winning the team roping at the CSC rodeo.

The fall rodeo season started off with the rodeo hosted by Chadron State College this past weekend.  The Lancers captured first and second place in the team roping.

“We had a great showing by some of our freshmen,” shared Coach Jake Clark.  “That is exciting. We struggled in the team standings. But we have a lot of talent and we can catch up fast.”

Freshman Braden Pirrung, Hartford, SD, and partner JD Kirwan, Gillette College won the team roping with a time of 15.2 seconds on two steers.  Teammates Bryer Wadhams, freshman, Pueblo, CO and partner Trevor Schnaufer, sophomore, Pueblo, CO won the long round with a time of 6.9 seconds.  They finished second in the average with a total time of 22.7 seconds on two steers.

In the tie down roping, freshman Wyatt Vick, Hugo, CO, was fourth in the short round and fourth in the average with a 33.3 seconds.  Torrington sophomore Logan Milligan also qualified for the short round in the tie down roping.

Freshman Wyatt Schuelke, Faith, SD qualified for the short round in the saddle bronc riding after winning fifth in the first round.

Sophomore Jamie Thompson, Lusk, WY qualified for the short round in the goat tying.  She was one of six competitors who tied in 8.2 seconds in the first round.

The Lancer Rodeo Team will travel to Sheridan, WY to compete September 23, 24 & 25.


EWC wins Lamar tournament by 23 strokes

EWC @ Lamar - Team Score 588 - First Place - Adrian Torres- Ruiz Score 142 - First PlaceThe Eastern Wyoming College Lancer golf team recently returned from Lamar, Colorado where they won the two-day tournament with a total score of 588. That was 23 strokes better than second place Lamar Community College who had a two-day total of 611.

Leading the Lancers was sophomore golfer Adrian Torres-Ruiz, Madrid, Spain, who shot a 70, 72 for a two-day total of 142.

“The guys got off to a great start on Thursday in some really great weather at Lamar to take a solid lead going into Friday,” stated Coach Zach Smith. “I was thrilled for Adrian after he won the tournament because he had struggled the first couple of weeks during qualifying but our entire team knew he would get it figured out and start playing the golf we all know he is capable of playing. I was excited to leave the Lamar golf tournament with our second straight team and individual win and we are looking forward to our home tournament this week.”

Other scores for the Lancers were as follows:

Calum Giffin, freshman, Kelty, Scotland – 71, 77 – 148, 3rd
Harry Walch, freshman, Staines, England – 74, 75 – 149, tied 4th/5th
Arvy Shongwe, freshman, Ezulwini, Swaziland – 75, 74 – 149, tied 4th/5th
Eric Lovell, sophomore, Greeley, CO – 77, 78 – 155

The Lancers will host and play in their home tournament September 22 & 23.