University of Wyoming:
The University of Wyoming is the crown jewel of Wyoming's public education system, offering approximately 180 undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs through the colleges of Agriculture, Arts and Sciences, Business, Education, Engineering, Health Sciences, and Law, as well as through the Graduate School and the Outreach School.
This wide range of choices allows each student to find his or her educational niche. Another way UW contributes to the success of its students is by offering a large number of courses each semester, making it possible for most to graduate in four years.
UW's comfortable size and hands-on approach give students ample access to their professors, who have as their primary responsibility the education of undergraduate students. Unlike faculty at most other major research universities, UW's teach some 90 percent of all credit hours. In fact, many of UW's most accomplished professors teach first-year courses, beginning the mentoring process with students from the first day of class.
The state's only four-year degree granting institution of higher education, UW is listed by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching among the top ranks of American research universities. Unlike the situation at most larger universities, even undergraduate students at UW are able to incorporate the latest high-tech research into their education, working with world-class faculty on cutting-edge projects that benefit people across Wyoming and around the world. Those projects include creating super-strong artificial spider silk, developing special construction techniques for the weightless environment of space, and studying stressors that contribute to cardiovascular disease.
Laramie is not only home to the University of Wyoming, but also home to WyoTech, one of the top vocational schools in the country. The school’s alumni work on every continent, doing everything from maintaining diesel engines on offshore oil drilling platforms to Formula One pit crewing to designing in street rod shops. WyoTech offers degree and diploma programs in Automotive, Diesel and Collision and Refinishing Technologies. They also offer specialty courses including Applied Service Management, Advanced Diesel Technology, Trim and Upholstery, Chassis Fabrication and High Performance Engines.
Hands-on learning from certified technicians is the WyoTech difference. Students work with modern equipment in an atmosphere designed to simulate industry conditions. Courses are designed around an eight-hour workday schedule; training is intense and efficient. With a high graduate placement record, in less than 12 months WyoTech students take away the credentials recognized by the industry’s top companies and the confidence to step into a great job.
Laramie County Community College – Albany County Campus:
Rounding out the educational opportunities offered in Laramie is the Laramie County Community College – Albany County Campus (LCCC). One of the seven community colleges in the state of Wyoming, LCCC is a great place to launch a college career or to define a path for a new future. Small classes (average 20 students) create opportunities for the close support of student progress by faculty. LCCC offers 19 Associate Degree programs ranging from Accounting to Sociology and four certificate programs, plus general education and elective courses in 81 additional degree programs.
LCCC makes a point of accommodating non-traditional students too, offering many classes on evenings and weekends as well as telecourses and internet classes. These courses are included in an average of 50 to 100 total course offerings per semester, accommodating a variety of lifestyles and student needs. Instruction in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and citizenship courses are available, and adults can also hone their basic reading, writing and math skills – even earn a GED – through classes and the use of a Teaching and Learning Center staffed by specially trained individuals.
LCCC works with local employers who require workers to have specialized training. The College provides the training, workers qualify for good jobs, and employers get employees who are well-trained and prepared to go to work. In addition, State Workforce Development grants often pay for such training. LCCC guarantees that its vocational/technical graduates demonstrate the required competency in their fields.
LCCC’s Albany County Campus is housed in a brand new, state-of-the-art facility that features today’s most cutting edge energy efficiencies. And, with classes starting in almost every month of the year, now is the perfect time to find out what LCCC can do for you. For more information about the new building, or to get started with registration, call 307-721-5138.