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EWC shares CTEC timeline and parking details

An aerial overlay view of the new CTEC facility and related parking.

An aerial overlay view of the new CTEC facility and related parking.

Eastern Wyoming College is sharing information regarding upcoming construction of the Career and Technical Education Center (CTEC) project to help answer questions and alleviate concerns.

“We have been contacted by a handful of community members in regards to our building projects and campus parking,” shared EWC President Dr. Richard Patterson.  “This presents a good opportunity to share those details and address those concerns.”

Career and Technical Education Center (CTEC)
This facility will house programs in welding and joining technology, machine tooling, cosmetology, and health technology.  It will also be the new location for Community Connections – the newly combined Community Education and Workforce Development offices.  This facility will be located north of the current main entrance of the campus and will expand out to part of the current softball field, along West C Street.

The CTEC is expected to add approximately 69,000 square feet to EWC’s main campus.  This $23 million dollar facility is being funded with $20 million from a Wyoming State Legislature appropriation with the difference coming from the general obligation bonds supported by Goshen County voters in November, 2014.

The scope of this project also includes addressing long-time drainage issues which have deteriorated the surface of the main parking lot and the parking lots north of the Verl Petsch Jr Activities Center.  The current Mechanical Arts building will be razed as part of the drainage and parking project.  The new parking lot in that area will be much larger and will better accommodate buses and large vehicles.  It will also provide close access to entrances on the north side of the Verl Petsch Jr Activities Center, the Veterinary Technology building and the CTEC building.

The parking in the front of the campus will also be redesigned with designated parking in front of the Fine Arts Center and CTEC.  This will increase the number of handicap accessible spaces available on campus.  There will also be designated spaces in front of CTEC for Cosmetology clientele.  The College currently has 681 parking spaces supporting all of the Torrington facilities.  After construction of CTEC, there will be a total of approximately 753 spaces available, a net gain of 72 parking spaces.  The final parking numbers will be approximately 19 parking places in the Fine Arts lot facing C Street; 30 parking places on the front side of Fine Arts; 42 parking places in front of the new CTEC building; 6 reserved spots for Cosmetology customers; 13 parking places on the north side of the CTEC building for faculty and staff.  The remaining parking will be in the new lot where MA/CTC is currently located.

The College has worked with the State of Wyoming and their selected architect Slaterpaull on this project.  Requests for proposals were issued on April 15, 2015 with a bid opening scheduled for early May.  The construction process will begin with the construction of CTEC, move equipment out of MA/CTC, raze MA/CTC, construct new parking lot and finally redesign the front main parking lot and add spaces to Fine Arts Center parking.

“The faculty and staff have enjoyed working with the architects.  They have made it easy to share ideas and asked for input from everyone.  The redesign of the front parking has been discussed and the plan calls for additional parking spaces while still maintaining the concepts of the master plan,” shared Dr. Dee Ludwig, Vice President for Learning.

EWC College Relations Director Tami Afdahl will provide a narrated walking tour of campus which will allow participants to see the current campus facilities, recent renovations, current construction projects and future footprints of CTEC and the Agricultural Technology Education Center (ATEC).  Tours will be held Wednesday, April 22 at 9:30 am, 1:30 pm and 5:30 pm.  Each tour is limited to 15 individuals and registration with the EWC Community Education Office is necessary.

Eastern Wyoming College Athletics End of Year BBQ

The Eastern Wyoming College Booster Club invites you to the Athletics End of Year BBQ.  The event is scheduled for Wednesday, April 22, 2015 in the Rendezvous Center at the Goshen County Fairgrounds in Torrington, Wyoming.  The end of year event is designed to honor our EWC student-athletes, parents, adoptive parents, support staff, administration, board of trustees, boosters and fans.

Terri Luttrell of Cottonwood Catering will be preparing a BBQ dinner with a variety of meats, BBQ sauces, potato salad, coleslaw, baked beans, potato chips, desserts and a variety of drinks including Pepsi products.  We will provide dinner for the first 250 guests Wednesday evening.  Following dinner there will be a few comments from the EWC Athletic Department and Booster Club followed by a presentation from each EWC Head Coach.  The coaches will provide a season recap with highlights and recruiting updates.

“Together we have accomplished many goals as an athletic department and booster club this year.  Our student-athletes and coaches have worked hard to enhance the EWC experience.  We look forward to the opportunity to celebrate the year with our key stakeholders,” noted David Vondy, Director of Athletics.

Terry Lofink, President of the Booster Club noted, “Our Adoptive Parent Program was an area that we wanted to grow and develop this year.  Doug Ring and others really pitched in to make some big strides in this area to enhance the student-athlete experience.  We encourage those who contributed to our successes to join us April 22 to celebrate the year.”

The EWC Booster Club would like to thank Pittman Electric, Bob’s Roofing, Cottonwood Catering, Pepsi and Goshen County Fairgrounds for their support of this year’s EWC Athletics End of Year BBQ.

Eastern Wyoming College Debate Team Ties for 9th in the Country

The Eastern Wyoming College debate team traveled to Boise Idaho to compete at the International Public Debate Association (IPDA) National Tournament on March 27th.

The tournament was one of the largest in (IPDA) history, boasting over 250 competitors and 94 within the novice debate bracket.  Torrington’s own, Thomas Garvie, sophomore, tied for 9th in the country in the novice bracket and earned Eastern Wyoming College their highest national ranking in debate team history.

According to John Hansen, EWC’s Speech and Debate team coach “It was a magical run to see Thomas at his best and it shows that students from our local community, with a lot of hard work, determination, and some effective coaching can compete against anyone in the country.”

After 8-grueling preliminary rounds of debate, Garvie ended up winning 6 out of 8 debates, and in the first round of the tournament, narrowly losing to the national champion, Stanfield from Middle Tennessee State University.  According to Garvie, “It’s an amazing feeling to match wits with the best debaters in the country and to know that you are among an elite group is rewarding and humbling.”  EWC’s debaters were only bested by one other community college (Lee College) and have solidified EWC’s position amongst the best Colleges and Universities in the country.

Other debaters that had a successful national tournament were Emily Ellis, freshman, Carpenter, WY and Bryce Funk, freshman, Merino, CO, who ended up ranking 50th and 51st respectfully.  According to Hansen “Both Emily and Bryce showed exceptional gains this year and it’s exciting to have them back next year as they will work hard to move-up in the national rankings.” Also traveling were novice debaters Will Anderson, freshman, Torrington, WY and Callie Pearson, freshman, Torrington, WY who put up impressive wins against the College of Western Idaho and Bossier Parish Community College.  Additionally, Drew Buckhaults, freshman, Hawk Springs, WY competed in the novice division and showed impressive gains earning 142 speaker points.

Moreover, EWC showed great promise in the varsity division, thanks to Kyle Sabourin, freshman, Farson, WY who competed against the most experienced debaters in the country and winning three of his debates and defeating debaters from Boise State University and Louisiana State University – Shreveport.

EWC’s national team success was aided by the efforts of Madison Bloodgood, freshman, Torrington, WY who competed for the team throughout the year, but at nationals served as assistant coach.  According to Hansen, “Madison brings a depth of knowledge and great research skills that put our debaters in a position to make the winning argument.”
At the start of the year, EWC returned only one debater from the previous squad, Hansen put out a challenge to the students of EWC, “if you want to be a part of something a little larger than yourself, join speech and debate, it will change your life.”

EWC’s debate team has now grown to 14-members and with the efforts of Mai Lee Olson (College Recruiter) and Kaitlyn Steben (Agriculture Faculty) serving as assistant coaches throughout the year we have provided our team with a diverse knowledge pool that broadens our student’s perspectives beyond communication.  This broadening is supported by Hansen, who summed it up by saying, “It takes a village of support to raise champions, while our win / loss record is endemic of our students efforts, those efforts are built upon a firm academic knowledge, predicated upon successful teaching and a supportive community, I cannot thank everyone enough for their assistance throughout the year; winning is a community effort.”

For more information about EWC debate, including scholarship opportunities for high school students who competed in speech & debate, contact John Hansen at 307-532-8367.

Dedication announced for EWC Douglas Campus

Eastern Wyoming College will hold a Dedication ceremony for the new Douglas Campus on Thursday, April 23, 2015, at 2:00 pm at 800 South Wind River Drive in Douglas.

“Construction is complete and we have occupied the building.  We are looking forward to showing this facility to the community,” shared EWC President Dr. Richard Patterson.

This event is open to the public.  There will be a ribbon cutting at 2:15 and the ceremony speakers will begin at 2:30.  Guests are invited to tour the facility during this event.

For more information please contact EWC at 307.358.5622.

Art and the Nazis Presentation at Eastern Wyoming College

Eastern Wyoming College presents EWC Art Instructor John Cline speaking on Art and the Nazis and the effect Nazism had on art in both Europe and the United States. This presentation is free and open to the public and will take place on Wednesday, April 15th at noon in Lecture Hall 1 in the Fine Arts building.

For more information please contact John Cline at 307.532.8291.

EWC highlights upcoming Community Education class

The Community Education office at Eastern Wyoming College in Torrington is offering the following class.

Ladies, in times past, hats were not only a popular accessory and fashion statement, but also a show of social grace and status—times reminiscent of the Unsinkable Molly Brown, Kentucky Derby, Easter Bonnets and Downton Abbey. Spend a lovely afternoon creating your own elegant, one-of-a-kind, fashionable hat to show off while you enjoy a traditional afternoon tea. This is a perfect activity for mothers and daughters, sisters and best friends. Fellas, what a special birthday or early Mother’s Day gift for those wonderful women in your life!

This class is being taught by the Flower sisters and will be held on Saturday April 11 from 12:30 – 3:30 pm. The cost of this class is $45 which includes all the materials for the hats.

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.

Bar J Wranglers Tickets

Tickets are still available for the Bar J Wranglers.  Performance is Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at 7:00 pm in the EWC Fine Arts Auditorium in Torrington.  Tickets may be purchased by contacting the Office of Institutional Development at 307.532.8397 or at the door.

EWC Highlights Upcoming Class

The Community Education office at Eastern Wyoming College in Torrington is now accepting enrollments for the following class.

Basic Handgun Proficiency will be held Monday and Wednesdays May 11 to May 20 from 6- 8 pm. This class will be taught by Sgt. Patrick Connelly with the Torrington Police Department with the cost of $40 Basic Handgun Proficiency or $60 for the concealed carry class.

Whether you are simply wanting to develop or improve your handgun safety skills and proficiency, or intend to apply for a Wyoming Concealed Carry Permit, this class will meet your needs. TPD Sgt. Connelly will provide instruction on core fundamentals of handgun safety, proper handling, transportation and storage, as well as handgun shooting specifics such as proper stance, correct grip, sight alignment, proper trigger press, and sight picture. All participants in the class will experience 1 session of classroom instruction and 2 live-fire range sessions.

Individuals seeking a Wyoming Concealed Carry Permit will participate in an additional live-fire range session, during which specific carry permit issues will be addressed by Sgt. Connelly. Participants are responsible for providing their own handgun, holster and ammunition. Holsters, eye protection, ear protection and a hat with a brim are required equipment for the live-fire range sessions. Please do not bring guns or ammunition to the first class.

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 to host annual Job Expo

Eastern Wyoming College will once again host a Job Expo on Wednesday, April 8th in Torrington, Wyoming.  Over 30 employers are expected to participate at this Job Expo and it is free and open to the public.

The Job Expo will begin at 10 am in the Gymnasium at the College, and will continue until 2 pm.  Attendees should come prepared with a resume and be prepared for an interview.

Currently registered participants include St Joseph’s Children’s Home, Cost Cutters, Animal Health Center, Wyoming Machinery Company, Welcove/Goshen Health Care Community, University of Wyoming, Wyoming Medium Correctional Institution, Department of Workforce Services, Dillard’s Aveda Salon, KNEB Radio, Lowe’s Distribution Center, Wyoming Highway Patrol, KOTA Territory News, Banner Health, Ft. Laramie Historical Association, Goshen County School District, Parker, Vertex Business Solutions, Western Nebraska Veterans Home, Wyoming Veterans Commission, Simon Contracting, Strobel Starostka, Advance Services, Nio-Test, Wyoming Child and Family Development, Westco, City of Torrington, Western Sugar, 21st Century Equipment LLC, Century Lumber, Auguste Escoffier (culinary arts school), and many more.

These companies are recruiting for a wide variety of positions including stylists, accounting clerks, manager trainees, veterinary technicians, welders and mechanics, detention and correctional officers, c-store cashiers, and health care providers.

There is still an opportunity to register your business or company to participate.  This year’s Job Expo is sponsored in part by KOTA.  Please contact Jo Ellen Keigley at 307.532.8288 to register or for more information.

EWC ready for Lancer Rodeo

Final preparations are coming together for the annual Lancer Rodeo which will be held on March 27, 28 and 29 at the Goshen County Pavilion in Torrington, Wyoming.  On Friday the 27th, slack will begin at 1 and the performance is a 7.  Slack will begin on Saturday at 9 am with the performance kicking off at 7 pm.  The short round will take place on Sunday at noon.

“We have been practicing since January,” shared Coach Jake Clark.  “This is our favorite time of year with all of the students looking forward to competing.  Some of our athletes are currently sitting well in regional standings and we have several others who are coming right along and will challenge those standings throughout the spring season.”

Tickets will be available at the door and are $7 for adults and $4 for students.  There is not a charge for the slack.  Each of the performances will be available by webcast.  Those interested in watching online will find the link on the EWC website at