Posts from July, 2019


Eastern Wyoming College and Fitness Center will be closed Thursday, August 8th for Fair Day. Offices and the Fitness Center will reopen on Friday, August 9th.

EWC Hunter Safety Course cancelled

The Hunter Safety class scheduled for August 12-15 at Eastern Wyoming College has been cancelled. For those interested in obtaining a Hunter Education card prior to the fall hunting season, there are 2 options available: a traditional class offered by Ron Miller, August 23-24, 6:00 – 10:00 pm on Friday and 8:00 am – 3:00 pm on Saturday, with August 25 as the field day; or take an online course and schedule a field day.

Sign up for traditional or online courses can be completed at the Wyoming Game & Fish website: If you need assistance or more information, please contact Donna White at the EWC Community Education office at 307.532.8323.

EWC seeking students for Wyoming Works grant

Wyoming Works - Eastern Wyoming CollegeEastern Wyoming College is pleased to offer the Wyoming Works grant program to qualified students and is currently seeking interested students. Wyoming Works is a state grant program with resources targeted at qualified students to advance their skills in areas that lead to secure employment. Space and grant funding is limited and funding is only guaranteed for one year.

Grant amounts will be up to $1,680 per student, per semester for 6 semesters. A student’s grant amount will be limited to their remaining financial need after all other grants and scholarships are considered.

Eligible EWC programs include:

  • Beef Production – certificate
  • Business Administration – AAS (includes distance learning option)
  • Certified Nursing Assistant
  • Child Development – certificate (includes distance learning option)
  • Corrections – certificate (includes distance learning option)
  • Criminal Justice – AAS
  • Farm and Ranch Management – AAS
  • Human Services – AA
  • Veterinary Aide – certificate
  • Veterinary Technology – AAS

The Wyoming Works eligibility requirements include the following: must complete the FAFSA form, showing financial need; must be a U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident who meets the definition of an eligible non-citizen under federal financial aid requirements; must be a Wyoming resident; as required, must be registered with the selective service; must maintain satisfactory academic progress in the program; must be a new program participant starting Fall 2019 or later; must be enrolled in a eligible EWC program; a student may transfer from one approved program to another while maintaining continuous enrollment at EWC, or transfer to another Wyoming community college and enroll in an approved program at the transfer institution immediately after transfer; a student may be eligible for this grant for no more than three academic years (six semesters).

The following items would cause a student to NOT be eligible for a Wyoming Works Grant: the student cannot be currently receiving or eligible to receive the Hathaway scholarship, the student cannot be currently in default on a federal Title IV education loan, the student cannot owe a refund under a federal Title IV student financial aid program or a subsequently enacted similar federal student financial aid program, or a student financial aid program administered through the State of Wyoming.

EWC Kid’s College

Youth who participated in the EWC Kid’s College volleyball and basketball programs through the Community Education department can now stop by at the earliest convenience to pick up t-shirts.

The shirts are located in the EWC Community Education office in CTEC.  Please call 307.532.8323 or stop by at 3200 West C Street in Torrington.

Ochsner selected to fill vacant trustee seat

The Eastern Wyoming College Board of Trustees have appointed Colby Ochsner, Lingle, WY, to fill the at-large trustee seat vacated by the resignation of Dr. Darrell Wilkes.

Ochsner is a lifelong learner and strategic thinker. He grew up on a family farm/ranch outside of Lingle, Wyoming. He received his education in Business Administration and Entrepreneurship at the University of Wyoming, and an MBA in Sustainable Business Systems from Pinchot University in Seattle, Washington. His graduate studies focused on entrepreneurship and agriculture, and he was able to gain an additional certificate in Sustainable Agricultural Systems.

“It is a privilege to be chosen to work alongside the other trustees to continue furthering the mission of the college, and I’m excited to begin,” said Ochsner.

Dr. Lesley Travers, EWC President added the following, “We had 6 excellent candidates for the Board.  It was terrific to see such awesome community interest for the open board position.  The board had some tough decisions and made a great choice in Colby.  He brings some fresh ideas to the board and we are lucky to get him.  He is another busy guy, and I look forward to working with him.  His education and work experience are great assets and we will be using his knowledge to our benefit.”

He currently works on his family’s farm and ranch. He also spends time as a marketing, agriculture, and entrepreneurship consultant.

EWC Community Education announces Ft. Robinson Playhouse bus trip

The Community Education office at Eastern Wyoming College in Torrington has scheduled a bus trip to see Sister Act at the Ft. Robinson Playhouse on Saturday, August 18.

Sister Act is the feel-good musical comedy based on the hit 1992 film that had audiences jumping to their feet! Disco Diva Deloris Van Cartier finds herself in protective custody in a convent. In her own way, Deloris, disguised as a nun, breathes new life into the church and community. A funny and heartwarming adult show.

The cost of this trip is $60 and includes Lunch, and gratuity at the MJ’s Ranch House in Crawford. The bus will leave EWC at 10:00 am and return around 6:00 pm. Paid registration by July 17 is required.

For more information, please contact Donna White at the EWC Community Education office at 307.532.8323.


EWC Douglas Campus to hold New Student Registration Event

Eastern Wyoming College has announced that new student registration will be held on July 25, 2019 at the campus in Douglas.  Students will meet with an advisor and register for the Fall 2019 semester.

Students will have the opportunity to begin with the ACCUPLACER placement exams, if needed.  This placement exam is used to ensure placement into the appropriate English, reading and math courses.  There is a fee of $20 for these computer-based exams.  Students should bring a calculator for the mathematics portion of the test.

Financial Aid staff will be available to consult with students on the financial aid process and preparing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Students are encouraged to sign up for the new student registration session.  To sign up, call Blanca at 307.624.7012 or email

A complete course schedule is available online at

Lancer Student Athletes recognized as All-Academic Teams

In a release from the National Junior College Athletic Association website, Student-athletes from around the nation contributed to a new NJCAA record as 6,656 participants earned a spot on one of the three NJCAA All-Academic teams.

Eastern Wyoming College had fifteen student athletes named to the 2018-2019 NJCAA All-Academic Teams. The criteria for the NJCAA All-Academic First Team is a 4.00 GPA, Second Team is 3.80-3.99 GPA, and Third Team is 3.60-3.79 GPA.

Named to the All-Academic First Team were: Emily Buchanan, Women’s Basketball, Yoder, WY; Kelliann Raff, Women’s Basketball, Westminster, CO; George Elliott, Golf, Salisbury, England; Lissette Lefforge, Volleyball, Akron, CO; and Mason Hale, Golf, Atkinson, NE.

Named to the All-Academic Second Team were: Jacob Pfaffinger, Men’s Basketball, Ft. Collins, CO; Jonatan Arvidsson, Men’s Basketball, Lulea, Sweden; Jordan Potts, Men’s Basketball, Bothell, WA; Nicole Cutler, Women’s Basketball, Palmerston North, New Zealand.

EWC student athletes named to the NJCAA All-Academic Third Team were; Colby Clay, Golf, Laramie, WY; Earl Baker, Jr., Men’s Basketball, St. Croix, US Virgin Islands; Inés Salat Margarit, Women’s Basketball, Barcelona Spain; Jo Vin Tan, Golf, Taiping, Malaysia; Kodi Edwards, Volleyball, Gillette, WY; and R J Moya, Golf, Three Rivers, Texas.

“EWC is extremely proud of these student athletes. It is a great honor to be named to the NJCAA Academic All American Team. These student athletes have excelled both in competition and in the classroom. This is also a testament to the tremendous job EWC’s coaches do in recruiting great students but also in mentoring them. Congratulations,“ said Tom Andersen, EWC Athletic Director.

The full release is available here:

Stokes appointed to WVATA Board

Dr. Monte Stokes

Dr. Monte Stokes

Eastern Wyoming College Agriculture Instructor Dr. Monte Stokes was appointed to the Wyoming Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association (WVATA) Board at their recent summer conference in Casper, WY.  The WVATA is the professional organization for agriculture education instructors in the State of Wyoming and a division of the Wyoming Association for Career and Technical Education (WACTE) which works to promote and support career and technical education.  Members are committed to promoting and improving agriculture education and opportunities for Wyoming Agriculture youth.

Stokes has been a member of WVATA for over ten years, joining shortly after beginning his teaching career at EWC.  Currently, he teaches in the agriculture program and serves as the Department Head for Agriculture and Business. However, he has taught in the Veterinary Technology program in past years.  During this time Dr. Stokes has consistently attended the summer conference for WACTE and WVATA.  He has also attend the national conference for the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE) which is the national organization for agriculture educators.

His appointment is a 4 year term in which he will serve as treasurer for two years and then move up through President Elect and President.   This year WACTE and WVATA were instrumental in supporting the passing of changes to the Hathaway Scholarship to include CTE in the approved curriculum.    WVATA has also been involved in the modifications and changes made to the Wyoming State Fair over the past two years.  In August, the WVATA will sponsor livestock jackpots at the Wyoming State Fair.

“This association has done a lot for me and EWC and I am looking forward to giving back,” said Dr. Stokes.

“Dr. Stokes is an excellent choice for the WVATA, and EWC is proud of his representation of agriculture and CTE instructors across the State of Wyoming,” said Dr. Heidi Edmunds, Vice President for Academic Services at EWC. “Dr. Stokes is a strong promoter of agriculture and career and technical education with recruits, students, and his colleagues. We value his contributions and look forward to seeing what Dr. Stokes accomplishes in this role.”


Lancer Golf recognized as Academic Team of the Year

2018-19 NJCAA Men's Golf Academic Team of the Year

(from NJCAA official Twitter account) 2018-2019 NJCAA Academic Team of the Year for Men’s Golf

In a release from the National Junior College Athletic Association website, the Eastern Wyoming College golf team has been named the 2018-2019 NJCAA Academic Team of the Year for men’s golf with a team grade point average (GPA) of 3.61.

“This group of men accomplished a lot of great things last year but this is probably the thing I’m most proud of,” said Coach Zach Smith. “We always talk about how important it is to do well in the classroom and to complete your college education. All four of our sophomores have transferred on to continue their collegiate golf careers but more importantly to finish their degrees. I couldn’t be happier for this group to be recognized for their hard work.”

The full release is available here: