Posts from January, 2023


Eastern Wyoming College athletics has rescheduled the Lancers vs Central Wyoming College game. This game is rescheduled for February 10, women at 5:30, and men at 7:30 pm. Please join us in the Petsch Center gymnasium to cheer on our Lancers.

Banner Health invests $375K into EWC nursing program

Banner Health, with hospitals in Casper, Torrington, Wheatland and Worland made an investment of $375,000 into Eastern Wyoming College nursing and health care program at the college’s Sagebrush ‘n Roses Gala on Saturday, Jan. 28.

“The pandemic showed us that we needed to grow and further develop the nursing pipeline,” Torrington Community Hospital and Platte County Memorial Hospital CEO Zach Miller said. “Specifically in rural areas we want to train local people who will stay local and care for Wyoming residents.”

For the next five years Banner Health will provide EWC with $75,000 a year to help shape the future of nursing and health care in the area, Miller said.

“Eastern Wyoming College is excited about Banner Health’s investment in the college and our community,” EWC president Dr. Jeffry Hawes said. “The scholarships will be utilized to support people interested in pursuing the nursing program at the college.”

Some of the investment will go toward scholarships into the EWC program for Banner Health employees and their immediate family members, Smith said.

“EWC is committed to expanding the pipeline development that Banner Health seeks to achieve in our region and doing our part to support the training and education of healthcare workers,” Hawes said.

Banner Health has been instrumental in helping expand the nursing program to the Torrington campus in the fall of 2019 with a $60,000 donation at the 2019 Sagebrush ‘n Roses Gala, Hawes said. They have also provided EWC’s nursing program with essential equipment to ensure an industry-ready training experience.

“I love the nursing program,” second year EWC nursing student Chelsea Fabela said. Fabela is a Torrington High School graduate. “The size of our cohort is small, but that is the best part. There are eight of us and we are like a family, and all want to see each other succeed.”

The EWC nursing program received approval from the Wyoming State Board of Nursing in January 2016, for the new nursing program at the campus in Douglas. In 2019, with the donation from Banner Health, the program expanded to EWC’s Torrington campus.

Students can earn an associate degree in nursing which prepares graduates to function as a Registered Nurse in providing care to clients with complex health care needs. Upon successful completion of the program, students are eligible to take the National Council Licensure.

Applications are now being taken for the next cohort in Torrington. For more information on the program call EWC Director of Nursing Dr. Monica Teichert, DNP, FNP-C at 307-534-2999.

EWC hosting Welding Job Fair

Eastern Wyoming College will host a Welding Job Fair Wednesday, Feb. 1 from 10 a.m. – noon and from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. in the CTEC Commons on the Torrington Campus (3200 West C Street, Torrington, Wyoming).

A total of 10 companies from Wyoming, Nebraska and Colorado will be at the fair. Companies include welding and machining fabrication shops, mine services, boiler makers, machinery repair, equipment repair and maintenance companies.

The fair is open to everyone.

For more information, contact EWC Welding Department Head, Lynn Bedient at 307-532-8276 or

EWC Community Education updates class information

The Eastern Wyoming College Community Education Office in Torrington announced a change to the upcoming Hunter Safety Class.

This class will be held on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday March 7- March 9, from 5:30-8:30 pm in the CTEC Building room 101. The cost of this class is $20 for 18 years and older.

Hunter Safety
Instructor: Alex Poncelet, Wyoming Game & Fish Warden
Wyoming Hunter Safety Certification—required for all hunters born after 1966, or for hunting in certain parts of Wyoming; ages ten years & older recommended; must attend all three days of instruction and complete test; scholarships provided by Goshen County 2-Shot Goose Hunting Committee for students 8-17 residing in Goshen County. Materials provided at first class.

Please note that participants are required to register for this class on-line at—the class will not be open for registration on-line until 30 days prior to the first day of class.

For more information about this class or others, please call the Community Ed office at 307.532.8323 or stop in at 3200 West C in the CTEC building.


Due to the road conditions, the EWC Torrington campus will have a late start at 10:00 am on Thursday, January 19th.

The Douglas Campus will operate under normal business hours.


Eastern Wyoming College announces that the campus in Douglas will close today, January 18 at 4:00 pm due to deteriorating weather conditions.


Eastern Wyoming College announces that the campus in Torrington will close today, January 18 at 1:00 pm due to deteriorating weather conditions.


Eastern Wyoming College in Douglas will be closed Monday, January 16 in observance of Wyoming Equality/ Martin Luther King, Jr. day. College offices will reopen on Tuesday, January 17.


Eastern Wyoming College will be closed Monday, January 16 in observance of Wyoming Equality/ Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The Fitness Center will be open normal hours. College offices will reopen on Tuesday, January 17.

EWC nursing program accepting applications

 Torrington nursing student Chelsea Fabela

Torrington nursing student Chelsea Fabela

Students interested in finding a rewarding, high paying career can now apply for the nursing program at Eastern Wyoming College. Applications are now being accepted for classes on the Torrington and Douglas campuses.

“I love the nursing program,” EWC nursing student Chelsea Fabela said. “The size of our cohort is small, but that is the best part. We are like a family, and we all want to see each other succeed.

Unlike large programs, we really get to know our faculty and they know us.”

Chelsea is a non-traditional student with a husband and two boys. She is a 2011 graduate of Torrington High School.

“I didn’t pursue college full-time until 2019,” Chelsea said. “I chose to get into nursing when I was in high school, my step-dad got into a bad accident and had his leg amputated followed by many other health complications. After that, I spent a lot of time taking care of him and my mom. I got my CNA certificate my senior year of high school and have enjoyed the medical field and decided to finally take the steps to become an RN. I am now in the EWC nursing program on the Torrington campus in my second year, one more to go.”

If you are interested in pursuing a career in nursing, now is the time to get started. Wyoming’s annual income for RNs is $73,130, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.

You will need to apply to attend EWC, then fill out a second application for the nursing program. Visit EWC’s website ( and click on the nursing program photo, create an account and then apply. Students need to have their prerequisites done or in progress by the end of the spring semester. If they have prerequisite classes in progress during the application period, the student’s mid-term GPA is used for admission calculation.  All of the information is on EWC’s website:

Potential students will also need to take a TEAS test, which will have to be scheduled. It has a separate tab for the information and that website is:

For more information, call EWC Director of Nursing Dr. Monica Teichert, DNP, FNP-C at 307.534.2999 or the EWC Nursing Office Assistant at 307-624-7000.

“It’s a great program and I would suggest to anyone interested in nursing to come to EWC,” Chelsea said.