Most community college bachelor’s students enrolled at Central

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Most community college bachelor’s students enrolled at Central


RIVERTON (WNE) — Central Wyoming College students make up almost half of the enrollments in the new four-year degree programs now offered at community colleges in Wyoming. 

In December, 81 students were enrolled in four-year Bachelor of Applied Science programs at CWC, including 45 studying organizational management and leadership and 36 studying early childhood education. 

Only three other colleges in the state offer BAS degrees: Western Wyoming Community College, with 34 students enrolled; Laramie County Community College, with 35 students enrolled; and Northwest College, with 26 students enrolled. 

“Enrollment is robust and healthy,” Wyoming Community College Commission executive director Sandy Caldwell told the Wyoming Legislature’s Joint Appropriations Committee last month.

Caldwell later referred to a report showing that BAS degrees represent a “net add” to the state’s post-secondary enrollment totals, meaning the four-year degrees do not “pull away from the university.” 

Instead, Caldwell said, the BAS program “is adding people into the bachelor’s level who would not have gone (otherwise).”


This story was published on Jan. 12.


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